Sector News Update –1st June 2020

 

Hi everyone,

There's a lot to catch up on today!

Following on from last weeks news, closed primary schools in England began to reopen today, with a mixed reaction from parents; https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-52854688 

This is stage one in the government plan to reopen primary schools to all pupils for the last four weeks of term, with some reported concerns from school governors and education professionals about how this might work in practice; https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-52844043

Thousands of protesters gathered over the weekend, in various UK cities, including on the road to the US embassy, in response to the death of George Floyd in the USA, defying social distancing restrictions, which still allowed only two people to meet outdoors; https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/black-lives-matter-london-george-floyd-protest-demonstration-a9541066.html

Today, however, restrictions are being eased across the UK, though differing rules are in place in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  You can find out more about what you are legally allowed to do from today here; https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/29/uk-lockdown-rules-what-are-the-key-changes

As restrictions ease across the UK (and further afield) public health leaders have warned that social distancing guidelines are being lifted too quickly, risking another dangerous spike in the 'R rate'; https://www.itv.com/news/2020-06-01/public-health-leaders-join-chorus-of-voices-warning-lockdown-restrictions-are-being-eased-too-quickly/ whilst others 

That’s it for now, but I’ll keep this feed updated throughout the week with any new stories or developments. You can find the latest official information and reliable advice in our ‘useful links’ article and we’re now publishing useful best practice content relating to the pandemic and new situation in care and education.

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Until next time, take care.

Dawn – CACHE Alumni Editor