Scottish secondary school pupils will have to wear face coverings …
Scottish secondary school pupils will have to wear face coverings in corridors, communal areas and school buses from next Monday.
Education Secretary John Swinney told BBC Radio Scotland the new guidance would apply to all pupils aged over 12.
He said the guidance would be updated based on new advice from the World Health Organization (WHO).
There will no requirement to wear face coverings in classrooms where social distancing measures are in place.
Mr Swinney said individual exemptions could be granted for health reasons, but the guidance would be obligatory for all secondary, special and grant-aided schools.
“From August 31st young people over the age of 12 in secondary schools should habitually wearing face coverings when they are moving around schools and corridors and in communal areas where it is difficult to deliver the physical distancing, which is an inherent part of the guidance the education recovery group has put in place.”
He said the Scottish government had acted in the light of the new WHO advice, but had decided to go further by extending it to school transport.
“It’s part of the general measures we are taking to ensure we keep pace with the emerging advice about how to keep our schools open and to keep our schools safe.”