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Statement on schools in Tower Hamlets

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:

"We are now entering Tier 3 on Wednesday 16 December but government advice remains that our schools stay open. At this time, what really matters is to stop the virus spreading through shopping centres, hospitality venues and household mixing – schools should be one of the last places to close.

"We are advising that schools in Tower Hamlets remain open – unless the government recommends otherwise, or the headteacher judges that they do not have sufficient staff and needs to move their school to remote learning other than for vulnerable children and children of key workers.

"Our schools have measures in place to keep children, staff, their families, and our community safe. Plans are also in place from today for mobile testing units, in or near some secondary schools, and around the borough, to provide additional testing capacity – testing those with no symptoms to drive down transmission of the virus, which has increased recently across the borough, mostly as a result of mixing households.

"We are in regular contact with our schools, which will continue to be a key part of our response to Covid-19; working with public health colleagues and partners in Tower Hamlets and neighbouring local authorities."

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Posted on Monday 14th December 2020