Goodbye face masks? Hancock hints change to face covering mandate coming next month

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News he intends to scrap compulsory mask wearing for kids in schools as they hinder learning. He hinted that masks will continue to be required in “general settings” by the wider public but they will re-evaluate the policy at “step four” of the coronavirus easing next month. Mr Hancock insisted the British Government are continuing to follow scientific advice 

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We are changing the rules in schools in terms of the use of masks.

“Because we know that within schools, wearing a mask in lessons means that it’s harder to communicate, harder to teach.”

But he stressed “In general settings, we are keeping the rules on masks as they are for this step outside of schools.

“Masks wearing is one of those things that the cost of it to your personal, going about your normal life, is really really small – we know they are of benefit.”

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