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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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