The government has made yet another U-turn and are now advising that secondary pupils and staff are to wear face coverings in areas that are in lockdown across England.
The government have also said that it will be discretionary for other secondary schools in England if they want to wear face coverings.
It has been advised that face coverings should be worn when pupils and staff are in communal areas and corridors, the Department for Education (DfE) said.
The DfE added that they do not need to be worn in classrooms as other measures are in place, which could affect learning.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said on Tuesday, “Our priority is to get children back to school safely. At each stage we have listened to the latest medical and scientific advice.
“We have therefore decided to follow the World Health Organisation’s new advice. In local lockdown areas children in year 7 and above should wear face coverings in communal spaces.
“Outside of local lockdown areas face coverings won’t be required in schools, though schools will have the flexibility to introduce measures if they believe it is right in their specific circumstances.
“I hope these steps will provide parents, pupils and teachers with further reassurance.”