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News: Changes to COVID-19 restric­tions from 17 May

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The latest easing of COVID restrictions announced this week contain two significant changes which have an impact on the College.

Face Cov­er­ings

From Mon­day 17 May, face cov­er­ings are no longer rec­om­mend­ed for pupils and stu­dents in class­rooms or com­mu­nal areas. Face cov­er­ings are also no longer rec­om­mend­ed for staff in classrooms. 

How­ev­er, the Gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to say that face cov­er­ings should be worn by staff and vis­i­tors in sit­u­a­tions out­side of class­rooms where social dis­tanc­ing is not pos­si­ble. Staff and stu­dents who wish to con­tin­ue to wear face cov­er­ings can do so.

The Gov­ern­ment recog­nis­es that Col­leges can include voca­tion­al and work­place train­ing envi­ron­ments. FE providers can rec­om­mend the use of face cov­er­ings by stu­dents and staff in par­tic­u­lar cir­cum­stances. For exam­ple, where teach­ing set­tings are more reflec­tive of a work­place envi­ron­ment such as, a train­ing kitchen. 

Com­mer­cial train­ing envi­ron­ments, such as hair­dress­ing, bar­ber­ing and beau­ty salons, sports and fit­ness facil­i­ties or restau­rants, must com­ply with rel­e­vant sec­tor guid­ance in work­ing safe­ly dur­ing COVID-19 and any cur­rent restrictions.

Trips and Visits

The Government’s announce­ment means overnight stays away from home are allowed from Mon­day, and the Gov­ern­ment has con­firmed this includes res­i­den­tial school trips.

How­ev­er, the Depart­ment for Edu­ca­tion is rec­om­mend­ing that schools and col­leges do not plan for inter­na­tion­al vis­its to take place up to and includ­ing 5 September.

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  • 14th May 2021 (9:49 AM)
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