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Guidance: Peter Weir

Guidance: Peter Weir

Guidance: Peter Weir

Stormont Education Minister Peter Weir says there are no plans for the mandatory wearing of face coverings when pupils return to classrooms next month.

Speaking during an online meeting of the Northern Ireland Youth Forum yesterday, Mr Weir said other hygiene measures would be in place to mitigate the risk of coronavirus spreading within schools.

"The indications are that for both pupils and, to a large extent teachers, PPE equipment isn't necessary," he said.