Students in Year 7 or above are being ‘strongly advised’ to start wearing face masks in communal areas once again.
As hysteria breaks out about the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, those attending secondary schools are being urged to wear masks, although not in the classroom. From Tuesday morning they must also wear face coverings when using public transport.
Teachers and visitors are also being asked to wear face coverings in communal areas, unless exempt.
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi has said:
“The news of a new variant – the so-called Omicron variant – will have understandably caused concern for people across our country, including our teachers, wider education and childcare staff, parents, pupils and students.
“We are already taking targeted and proportionate action as a precaution while we find out more information about the new variant.
“As we do, we will continue to prioritise children’s and young people’s education and wellbeing, making sure education and childcare settings are as safe as possible and children continue to benefit from classroom teaching.”
From 04:00 tomorrow (Tuesday), face coverings will be required in shops and on public transport for everybody. This is said to be a temporary restriction that will be revised in 3 weeks’ time – before Christmas.
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