Speaking about the announcement on face coverings in schools and colleges, David Evans, Wales Secretary of the National Education Union Cymru, said:

"We welcome the steps the Welsh Government are now taking, having had a chance to review the science. To us the statement is clear – in areas where social distancing can’t be maintained, face masks need to be worn by everyone over 11 yrs, including in schools and on school transport. The Welsh Government needs to give detailed guidance about this, and we will be writing to heads to make sure they are aware of the requirements.

“It is right too that Welsh Government use their so-called ‘headroom’ on the safe return of young people to the classroom, as the First Minister said today. As everyone goes back to school and college it is important we have all measures in place to make it as safe as possible for staff and students alike.

“The WHO has also said that anyone over 60 or otherwise vulnerable working with children should be in a medical grade mask – this needs urgently looking at, and we will be pressing the Welsh Government on this.”

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