Schools in two districts with high Covid-19 rates have brought back the requirement for face masks. At least four schools in Corby and two in Kettering, both in Northamptonshire, have asked for face masks to be worn in communal areas. Kettering has the second-highest case rate in England, while Corby has the third. At the start of term, schools in England were advised face coverings were no longer routinely needed for staff or pupils. But the Department for Education said schools could temporarily reintroduce bubble groups and face masks in communal spaces in areas with higher Covid rates.