Government shifts stance on wearing face masks in secondary schools

SOME secondary school pupils in England will now have to wear face masks in what has been described as a ‘revised’ decision by the government.

By Neil Fatkin
Tuesday, 25th August 2020, 10:44 pm
The government has revised its stance on secondary school pupils wearing face masks.

Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
The government has revised its stance on secondary school pupils wearing face masks. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

However, the masks will currently only need to be worn in corridors and other communal areas and in areas under local enhanced lockdown restrictions. Head teachers in any secondary school will also have the ‘flexibility’ to introduce masks in their schools if they ‘believe that it is right in their particular circumstances’.

The shift in stance follows the World Health Organisation’s recommendation for over-12s to wear face masks.

Education secretary, Gavin Williamson, said: ‘At each stage we have listened to the latest medical and scientific advice.’

Prime minister Boris Johnson added: ‘We'll look at the changing medical evidence as we go on. If we need to change the advice then of course we will.’

The announcement follows on from Scotland's Education Secretary, John Swinney, announcing on Tuesday that all children over the age of 12 will have to wear face masks.

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