As I’m sure most of you have seen, Boris Johnson has announced that as from the 19th July 2021, face masks are no longer mandatory, but are still recommended when in close proximity to others.
As a driving school, we have decided that face masks will still be required during driving lessons at the current time. This is down to several factors. Firstly, there is always a close proximity between the instructor and the student, this is inevitable during a driving lesson, and therefore falls within the guidance to wear them given by the prime minister.
Although the majority of our instructors have received both doses of the vaccine, this doesn’t guarantee they won’t catch the virus, or indeed transmit it to their learners. The effects of the virus are now much less severe in most cases due to the effectiveness of the vaccine, but we have to consider the knock on effect of a learner or one of instructors testing positive for coronavirus. With many learners already having to wait months for a driving test, any instructors who have to isolate would not be able to take students for test, and that test may not be able to be retaken for several months with the current wait times. In addition to that, all driving instructors are self-employed, so the impact of having to take 10 days off to isolate, means a loss of earnings after what has already been a difficult 12 months.
We’d like to thank you for your understanding, and we will continue to review this situation as guidance changes, and hopefully the number of cases begins to drop again.