“Telling people to simply go back to their places of work without straight answers as to what will happen to their children is unworkable and unfair,” Maltese MEP Roberta Metsola said earlier today amidst a week where most of the island is set to return to “normality”.
“Many parents, particularly working mothers, have adapted to combine teleworking with home-schooling these last months,” Metsola elaborated. “It has been difficult for so many parents, and hard on so many children. Those most vulnerable and most at risk have paid the highest price. Now summer is approaching.”
“The mixed messages and lack of clarity from Government on child care and summer schools does not help.”
“Will people be allowed to telework until at least summer schools are open (and hopefully beyond that)?” Metsola asked, attaching a photo of herself with her children “in simpler times”.
“What are the conditions for private summer schools to operate? Why have child care centres still not been provided with proper guidelines to allow them to reopen? Government must answer.”
As of this Friday, everyone in Malta – including vulnerable people – will be allowed and expected to return to work… but the full explanation on the return of childcare services has not yet been disclosed by the authorities.
While childcare centres are expected to open on Friday along with other places like gyms and bars, it seems like the number of people (and indeed, children) allowed in these facilities will be capped at a certain amount.
What that amount is, or what the full extent of the regulations, has yet to be fully divulged, with a number of parents who had previously relied on teleworking now confused as to how they’re going to be moving forward with working and taking care of their children.