Schools will return in September, even under local lockdowns, confirms minister

A minister has confirmed the Government’s position that all children will return to school in September, following the Telegraph’s front page story this morning.

Asked whether the Government would consider closing pubs and restaurants to ensure all children can return to school safely in September, Nick Gibb replied: “Our priority is to make sure that children are back in school with their friends.”

The schools minister said “We’re very clear that all children will be returning to school in September, including in areas of local lockdown such as Greater Manchester.

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During the 2020 Covid-19 epidemic, lockdown has come to mean the practice of attempting to control transmission of the virus by means of restricting people’s movement and activities on a broad scale, usually on a national or state-wide basis.

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