Liverpool families returning from abroad are being reminded that they cannot send their children back to school if they have been to a country that is not on the Government’s travel corridor list.
People who have returned from countries that are not included have to self-isolate at home for 14 days
Any family that is affected needs to let their school know – but they will not lose their school place and will not be fined for absence.
An up-to-date list of countries affected can be found here.
Director of Public Health, Matt Ashton, said: “The big risk to schools is infection coming in through the community, for example through people who don’t know they are carrying it mixing with staff or pupils outside and it infecting them.
“Therefore anyone who has returned from a country that is not on the Government’s travel corridor list must make sure they anyone they travelled with stay at home for 14 days and get tested if they develop symptoms.
“Following the guidance will help protect our schools, children and staff and keep infection rates across the city under control.”
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Mr Asthon was speaking after issuing a warning about rising coronavirus infection numbers in Liverpool.
The last two weeks have seen a steady increase in the rolling weekly total, although it is lower than other areas that have restrictions in place.
The cases are not confined to a specific area but are across the city, and the data shows that adults under 40 account for half of the confirmed cases.
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With schools set to reopen next week, people are being urged remain vigilant to help try and avoid cases in the community and in schools and colleges.
As a result, a renewed appeal is being made, particularly to under 40s, to:
· Stick to social distancing – two metres whenever possible
· Wear face coverings in confined spaces, supermarkets and on public transport
· Use face coverings properly – from over the nose to under the chin, and avoid contamination when putting on and taking off
· Wash hands regularly
· Abide by the limits on household numbers
· Get tested if they have symptoms via the NHS website or calling 119
More information on the reopening of schools in Liverpool can be found here.