Face masks become mandatory in secondary schools - and other new rules

22 February 2021, 17:47

Secondary school children will be advised to wear masks unless social distancing can be maintained. Picture: PA

By Rachael Kennedy

Face masks will be required for secondary and higher education students when they return to face-to-face learning from 8 March, according to the Boris Johnson's lockdown plan.

This is just one of the restrictions that will still be in effect as England begins its first step of relaxing lockdown by reopening schools and other education facilities.

According to documents published by the Government, the face coverings will be required in corridors and classrooms if a 2 metre social distance cannot be maintained at all times.

So - what other things will there be to look out for from 8 March?

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Will everyone need to return to face-to-face education?

Not everyone will be required to return immediately, although this will be down to limited exceptions: