Face coverings mandatory on school transport in Northumberland
Face coverings have now been made mandatory on school transport for children over age 11 in Northumberland.
The measure is designed to further protect those travelling and to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
In light of the current situation with the spread of coronavirus increasing in Northumberland, the wearing of face coverings by children and young people aged over 11 on dedicated school transport is now required in the same way it is on public transport.
Cllr Guy Renner-Thompson, cabinet member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council, said: “Protecting Northumberland’s children and young people is a priority.
"We want to be able to keep them in education and by making these extra measures we are helping to do that.
"Please help us further by following the local measures in place. I appreciate it is not an easy ask, but one that is needed right now to protect you, our children and our county.”
A face covering is a covering of any type which covers your nose and mouth and fits securely round the side of the face.
Some children and young people will be exempt from wearing a face covering and these exemptions still apply as for public transport, i.e. if your child has a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means they cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering.
Children under the age of 11 do not have to wear a face covering, however they may wear a face covering if they are able to handle it as directed.
Cath McEvoy-Carr, executive director for adult and children’s services, said: “Making wearing face coverings mandatory for children over 11 on school transport at this time is felt to be an important additional measure to help keep children and everyone they come into contact safe from Covid-19.
"We would be grateful if, as parents and carers, you could speak with your child about why this is needed right now and the importance of following the guidance during this time.
“We understand the difficulties everyone faces right now, and your cooperation is greatly appreciated – thank you!”
Further guidance on wearing face coverings can be found online at www.northumberland.gov.uk