Schools in England will remain closed at least until March 8. This was stated by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday to the House of Commons.
Initially, schools were planned to reopen in mid-February, after the local spring break. But due to the high number of infections, severe pressure on hospitals, and uncertainty about the vaccination rate, this date should be postponed.
It is not yet certain whether the school gates will open from March 8. It will depend on the further development of the epidemic in the country. For example, the government should achieve the vaccination goal by providing the country’s most vulnerable populations with the first dose by mid-February.
Johnson stressed that reopening schools was a “national priority.” To clarify the matter for parents, students and teachers, the decision will be announced two weeks in advance.
The gradual relaxation of other lockdown measures can be viewed from February 22nd. Then there will be more clarity about the ability of the vaccination campaign to stop the spread of the virus. But at the moment, Johnson said, “There is not enough data to determine when it will be safe to reopen our society and our economy.”
The British Prime Minister also announced that Britons who return from 22 high-risk countries where a new mutation of the Coronavirus have been found will be isolated in a hotel for ten days upon entering the United Kingdom.