Public Health have given clear advice on this in the context of education settings, as it is recognised that maintaining social distancing at all times in a school context is very difficult. In schools, it is important to consider social distancing as part of a wider package of measures – like hand washing, respiratory hygiene, enhanced cleaning, and no sharing of equipment.
However, schools have been considering how they can organise classrooms, lessons and students to minimise interaction wherever possible. This includes arrangements so that children, young people and staff are separated enough to ensure they are not breathing on or touching each other. Public Health have advised that there does not need to be a specific measurement but, where practicable, one metre is being used as a guide.
Once all learners have returned, wherever possible classes will remain together throughout the day and unnecessary movement between classrooms will be limited. Where this is not possible, for example for some specialist subjects and especially in secondary schools, teachers will design lessons that minimise the mixing of pupils and will avoid the need to share equipment. Schools will also manage break and lunchtimes so that groups of students do not mix unnecessarily.