Faces masks for third class pupils upwards required from today

Children in third class and above have to wear masks in school from today onwards.

New Department of Education guidelines state a medical cert’s required for an exemption, and those without evidence will be refused entry.

The government’s also calling for less indoor socialising among under-12s for the next two weeks, after a sharp increase in Covid cases.

There were over 18,200 among under-18s in the fortnight to Sunday – compared to just over 13,700 in the previous two weeks.

Suzanne Connolly, the chief executive of Barnardos, is concerned about the new requirement for masks:

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