UK Pubs could have to shut to let schools open, says government scientific advisor last minute news

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UK Pubs could have to shut to let schools open, says government scientific advisor last minute news

MetiNews.Com - Professor Graham Medley says it's 'a matter of prioritising'

UK Pubs could have to shut to let schools open, says government scientific advisor last minute news
01 August 2020 - 09:32

Breaking News ! A scientific advisor to the Government has warned England could have to close pubs in order to re-open schools next month. Professor Graham Medley, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), agreed with the chief medical officer Chris Whitty that the the country was "near the limits" of opening up society. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine academic told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I think that's quite possible." "I think we’re in a situation whereby most people think that opening schools is a priority for the health and wellbeing of children and that when we do that we are going to reconnect lots of households. "And so actually, closing some of the other networks, some of the other activities may well be required to enable us to open schools. "It might come down to a question of which do you trade off against each other and then that’s a matter of prioritising, do we think pubs are more important than schools?" Social distancing measures at a school in England (Image: PA) The professor's remarks come on the same day further restrictions were due to be lifted in England. Theatres, music venues, bowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos can no longer reopen this weekend as the easing of lockdown has been postponed. Restrictions were set to be relaxed from August 1 to allow performances to take place in front of socially-distanced audiences and other 'higher risk' leisure attractions to reopen. Read More Related Articles How to sign up to our newsletter to get the latest headlines from the M.E.N. Close contact' beauty services such as facial treatments were also set to resume but will now be postponed for at least a fortnight.

. Read More Related Articles Why us? Wigan residents speak of frustration at being included in local lockdown Read More Related Articles Survey: What do you think of the new local lockdown measures for Greater Manchester? Sage’s Professor Graham Medley said the rise in coronavirus infections appeared to be among younger people but warned there was a danger it could "spill" over into other parts of the population. People sit at benches and tables placed in bus stops in Stevenson Square in the Northern Quarter (Image: Joel Goodman) The chairman of the Sage sub-group on pandemic modelling said: "The age distribution of infections has changed, it has moved down into younger age groups and so it is likely we won’t see that increase in hospital admissions related to infection in the same way we did in March. "But the big fear is the virus just gets out of control and we end up in a situation where there is so much virus that it inevitably spills out into all sections of the population." Prof Medley warned that the increased lockdown measures in areas across the north-west of England were "highly unlikely" to be the "last intervention that has to be done regionally”. Read More Related Articles Raheem Sterling's mansion targeted by burglars who preyed on celebrities Read More Related Articles 'I'm fed up of letting clients down'... beauticians face another blow after government puts re-opening on hold "I fully expect that there will have to be other interventions at other times but what the interventions are really depends on what happens," he added. The new measures in Greater Manchester mean people can no longer meet each other inside their homes or in gardens, and prevents members of two different households from mixing inside pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues. Andy Burnham revealed the rising Covid infection rates on Friday that led the region's leaders and the government to conclude new lockdown restrictions were required. Numbers for the week to Monday showed increases in every part of the conurbation - apart from Rochdale.

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UK Pubs could have to shut to let schools open, says government scientific advisor last minute news


UK Pubs could have to shut to let schools open, says government scientific advisor last minute news


UK Pubs could have to shut to let schools open, says government scientific advisor last minute news


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