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Greggs has said sales will not recover to pre-pandemic levels for as long as social distancing rules are enforced, but the bakery chain added it was “encouraged” by its performance since reopening, writes Jasper Jolly for the Guardian business desk.

Sales at reopened shops reached 72% of last year’s levels in the week to 25 July, Greggs said on Tuesday, as it reported a £65. 2m loss for the first half associated with 2020. The coronavirus pandemic forced the closure of all its 2, 050 stores, sending sales down by 49% on the like-for-like basis.

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Unions have called with regard to teachers and support staff to be allowed to wear face masks in schools in England in order to protect them plus help limit the spread of coronavirus, writes Sally Weale , the Guardian’s education correspondent.

The government does not currently recommend the use of face coverings in schools, because it says staff and pupils are kept in consistent groups, meaning risk is limited, and misuse could increase the risk of transmission. There are also concerns that face masks could affect communication within classes.

Related: Unions call for teachers in England to be able to wear face masks

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