Coronavirus in Scotland: Restrictions on school singing still in place

The ban on singing in schools is to remain in place, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.

Despite primary school children all now back in classrooms, and many secondary pupils also returned to school, certain restrictions will remain, including the rule not to sing.

At the government Covid briefing on Tuesday, which are no longer daily due to the election campaign for the Scottish Parliament currently underway, Ms Sturgeon was asked when the restriction might be lifted, but said she was unable to put a date on it.

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Singing is still not allowed in schools.

“This virus remains dangerous,” she said.

“Our priority has been to get children back into education and we’ve tried to minimise restrictions as much as possible for children under 11.

“So we’re trying to have as much normality for children, particularly younger children, as possible, but while this virus is still circulating the way it is, not having any restrictions in a school setting is not yet possible.”

National clinical director Jason Leitch added: “It’s well and increasingly recognised that the more droplets you create, the longer they stay in the air and the more at risk you are of infection.

"I don’t know when we can remove these restrictions, but I know how to remove them and that is to drive incidence down.

“Incidence [of the virus] is driving the restrictions. If you get it down as a population, me, you, kids everybody – then singing comes back.”

Ms Sturgeon joked: “Well not for everybody – certainly not for me given my signing voice.”

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