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Thousands of secondary pupils will have to wear masks at school after yet another education U-turn

69 286 13 21 Yasmin Stillwell (2020-10-10)


Thousands of secondary pupils will have to wear masks at school after yet another education U-turn.

With just days to go before children return, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson last night said face coverings will be compulsory in the communal areas of schools covered by local lockdowns.

A decision on whether to wear masks in other schools will be left to individual heads. 

The move will be seen as a sop to unions and came hours after the Government said it had no plans to require their use.

The eleventh-hour U-turn followed new advice from the World Health Organisation at the weekend. 

Mr Williamson said last night: 'Our priority is to get children back to school safely.

At each stage we have listened to the latest medical and scientific advice.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson last night said face coverings will be compulsory in the communal areas of schools covered by local lockdowns.

Pictured, Prime Minister Boris Johnson during his visit to Appledore Shipyard in Devon on Tuesday



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