Pupils told to wear masks again in these Cheshire areas

Pupils from some Cheshire schools are being told to wear face coverings again.

Guidance on face coverings changed on May 17, with staff and pupils not required to wear face coverings.

However, children in parts of the county are being told to use face coverings again to combat rising cases.

Cheshire West and Chester is one of the places implementing the measures in parts of the borough.

Cheshire West and Chester Council said that, due to an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, the Director of Public Health has advised the re-introduction of face coverings.

However, they added that this is only for staff and pupils in Year 7 and above in affected areas of Northwich and Winsford.

A statement from the Council said: “In response to the increasing number of cases of COVID-19 the Director of Public Health has advised for the re-introduction of face coverings for all staff and pupils in year 7 and above indoors while in school and college in the affected areas of Northwich and Winsford, including in classrooms where social distancing cannot be maintained, with the exception of certain lessons such as PE.

“The need for face coverings in schools and colleges will be monitored on a weekly basis and further guidance will be issued to schools and families once we have assessed that cases of the virus have reduced enough to no longer require face coverings.”

Some parents in Cheshire East have claimed that they have been told by schools that their children should wear a face covering.

CheshireLive has seen an alleged email to parents from one Sandbach school advising their children to wear a mask.

Cheshire East Council has been approached for comment but, at the time of publication, has not responded.

Halton and Warrington have both confirmed that they are not implementing the same measures as the other boroughs.

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Halton Borough Council said: “In Halton we currently have much lower infection rates than Cheshire East therefore our advice on face coverings for secondary school students is in line with the national guidance, which means that students are not currently required to wear face coverings.

“We do recommend that face coverings are worn by staff and visitors in situations outside of classrooms where social distancing is not possible (for example, when moving around in corridors and communal areas).

“This advice may be reconsidered should Halton’s current low rates change or if needed as a measure to contain an outbreak.

“We continue to recommend to the public that hands, face, space, ventilation and fresh air remain the best way to keep infection levels low and fight the Delta variant which we know is growing in our region.”

Warrington Borough Council has also confirmed that they are not telling parents that their child must use a face mask.

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