The new protocol eliminates the determination to maintain the distance of one and a half meters, but establishes that students keep as much distance as possible.

Silva stressed at a press conference that it is important for families, teachers and officials to remember that this situation is the product of “an effort by all and among all.”

The new measure aimed at maintaining presence in education is complemented by the use of face masks, hand hygiene and as much ventilation as possible in the classrooms.

This decision is part of a process of returning to the presence, from this Monday until the end of the year, Silva said, quoted by the local newspaper La República.

Silva emphasized that it is a measure “that will be developed jointly, among all those who participate in education,” and also highlighted the permanent dialogue with the Ministry of Public Health.

Along these lines, he considered that this made it possible to take appropriate decisions during the course of the pandemic.

The coronavirus in the eastern country was the main cause of deaths so far this year despite having 70% of its population vaccinated with at least one dose.

Uruguay, which suffered an unexpected outbreak shortly before, adds 381,000 infections and 5,953 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest official data.

This week it barely exceeded 200 cases one day and never reached 10 daily deaths.