Boris Johnson makes big U-turn on children wearing face masks in schools

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Pupils will no longer be advised against using face masks in schools as Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Government made a U-turn.

The Prime Minister bowed to pressure and changed government guidance late on Tuesday after scores of teachers urged pupils to use them.

Johnson had previously advised against using face masks in schools, but changed his mind days before students head back to the classroom.

In lockdown areas, such as Greater Manchester, and Birmingham, wearing face coverings will become mandatory in places where social distancing is difficult.

The rule change follows Nicola Sturgeon’s decision to implement mandatory guidelines to all Scottish pupils from August 31st.

Johnson told reporters he would "look at the changing medical evidence as we go on" but insisted schools would be safe.

His decision risks a backlash from Conservative MPs who had publicly challenged him not to change plans for schools in England.

One MP said the idea of pupils wearing masks in schools goes "way too far," it has been reported.

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