With the R number hovering somewhere between 0.7 and 1 and the Government’s Track and Trace system not yet in place, Bolton Labour Leader Nick Peel shares his thoughts:

“Like many others across the country, I am very worried about the plans to partially reopen ours schools. We welcome the fact that these will be local decisions by head teachers and governing bodies, but we share their serious concerns around the manageability of social distancing.

Many schools will need extra resources for deep cleans, PPE equipment and even partitions and screens, and questions remain unanswered about how schools will be able to do all of this in such a short period of time. The relaxation of lockdown rules has led to confusion across the country and whilst infection rates remain so high, its not worth taking the risk with both staff and pupils. The Government would have been in a better position had they provided finance for a massive expansion of online and remote learning for children.

I tend to agree with the picture circulating on social media that says once the House of Commons gets full again, only then will a parent risk the safety of their child.”

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