The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that it will update its advice on face coverings in schools amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The decision to update the guidance comes in response to a new statement from the World Health Organisation (WHO) which details that children aged 12 and over should wear a mask under the same conditions as adults, particularly when they cannot guarantee at least a 1-metre distance from others and there is widespread transmission in the area. As such, the DfE, in its revised guidance, will advise that staff and children in Year 7 or above in England should wear face coverings. The updated guidance on face coverings in all education settings will be published ‘shortly’ and will come into effect from 1 September 2020. The guidance will apply to ‘further education colleges and will be reflected in guidance to universities, but not to children in primary schools where the risks to children are lower.