Secondary school pupils in Greater Manchester will have to wear face coverings in communal areas after the Government did a partial U turn on their policy after another day of controversy.

The Department of Education said that in areas of the country with greater lockdown restrictions, wearing face coverings will become mandatory in school corridors where social distancing is more difficult.

The Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said the move follows updated advice from the World Health Organisation.

“At each stage we have listened to the latest medical and scientific advice,” he added.

The department is keeping its recommendation against using face coverings but says that schools will be able to make their own decision whether to ask pupils and staff to wear them.




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