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Face masks will be mandatory for children in high schools in closed areas of West Yorkshire

Schoolchildren in parts of West Yorkshire will have to wear face masks in corridors, according to reports in The Guardian.

Boris Johnson will announce that schools within local lockdown areas, like Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale, will have to introduce the rule for pupils.

The Prime Minister will scrap the advice that face coverings don’t need to be worn, and but allow headteachers in other parts of the country – not subject to tougher restrictions – to have the discretion over whether to enforce their own rules.

Boris Johnson had been facing calls to review the Government’s guidance on students wearing face coverings as schools prepare to reopen to all pupils in September.

It comes after the Scottish education secretary said all pupils in Scotland will be required to wear a face covering when moving around schools.

The latest guidance from the World Health Organisation suggests that children aged 12 and over should wear a mask, particularly when they cannot guarantee at least a one-metre distance from others and there is widespread transmission in the area.

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