Face masks to be worn in secondary classrooms in the UK
The BBC reported that the UK government announced, face masks are to be worn in secondary classrooms in England's schools to reduce the spread of the Omicron variant.
It said that the temporary reintroduction of face coverings aims to address concerns about schools remaining open for face-to-face learning this coming term.
Announcing the change - just a few days before schools reopen - Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said face coverings would be required until 26 January.
This is when the current national Plan B Covid measures run out, although they will be reviewed on or close to 4 January.
He said: "I'm looking forward to welcoming pupils back next week to continue their face-to-face learning, which is so important for their education and wellbeing.
"There is no doubt that the Omicron variant presents challenges but the entire education sector has responded with a Herculean effort, and for that I thank each and every one of you.
"The prime minister and I have been clear that education is our number one priority. These measures will bolster our support to schools as we do everything in our power to minimise disruption."
The government also announced it would be making 7,000 air cleaning units available to early years setting, schools and colleges.