Wirral council on Merseyside will also refuse to send children back to school. Will your local authority do likewise?
Wirral council on Merseyside is to join Liverpool in refusing to send the area’s children back to school, in spite of the government’s intention to re-open schools starting from 1 June.
A council press release this week stated that the rate of infection in Wirral had not fallen, despite government claims to the contrary for the country as a whole:
Wirral joins Merseyside message to stand strong on stay at home guidance
Local authorities in Merseyside are calling for members of the public to remain vigilant and continue to stay home as much as possible, in light of national changes to the UK’s Coronavirus response.
The move comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced an easing of the UK lockdown, due to the nation’s ‘R value’ (the reproductive number or rate of infection of the virus) dropping below one transmission per COVID-19 case.
According to data gathered by Merseyside Resilience Forum’s (MRF) Intelligence cell, this is not the case for the Merseyside region which has a significantly higher death rate than England and the rest of the North West.
Serena Kennedy, Chair of Merseyside Resilience Forum, said:
“Local authorities across the MRF are united in this call for the public and partners to continue to follow the stay at home guidance, as much as is possible.
While infections and deaths are reducing, it appears that we are not coming down the other side of the epidemic curve as fast as other areas and regions.
Easing of lockdown does not mean that we are through the worst of this and as ever, the health and safety of our communities comes first.
Right now, we need to do more than stay alert, we must all continue to stay at home where possible and do our bit to reduce the spread of Coronavirus, together.”
The SKWAWKBOX understands that an announcement on schools remaining closed will be made early next week.
Liverpool city mayor Joe Anderson told the BBC earlier this week that he will ‘absolutely’ reject any attempt by the government to force the authority’s schools to re-open, stating that “The safety of our children comes first”.
In spite of government claims that the infection rate is falling and the lockdown can be relaxed, the Tories are also massively increasing emergency mortuary capacity in the expectation of a huge spike in infections and deaths.
Wirral was the site of the sham ‘quarantine‘ of returning passengers from China and Japan at the start of the pandemic, in which ‘quarantined’ passengers were allowed to leave the Arrowe Park residence and mingle freely.
More and more councils across the country are expected to follow suit and those who refuse to resist will come under pressure from parents to protect children and their families and teachers.
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