The Speaker
Saturday, 25 May 2024 – 20:50

Schools and councils to decide on wearing of face coverings in Welsh schools

The Welsh Government has updated its advice on the wearing of face coverings in Welsh schools.

It is now recommended in Wales for children aged 11 and over to wear masks in indoor communal areas where social distancing is difficult, and additionally on school buses.

The change in advice does not make the wearing of face coverings compulsory in these areas though, with it being left up to schools and councils to decide if and how they wish to see face coverings used.

The announcement on Wednesday follows similar guidance from the UK Government, who has left it up to headteachers of individual schools to decide on a policy – except in areas affected by localised lockdowns, where masks will be compulsory in indoor communal areas.

Face-to-face teaching can take place without the wearing of face coverings where social distancing measures have instead been implemented.

In a joint statement, Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething and Education Minister Kirsty Williams said schools, colleges and councils will now be required “to undertake risk assessments of their estates to determine if face coverings should be recommended for their staff and young people in communal areas”.

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