Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has warned schools that they must prepare for localised lockdowns this autumn.
Councils across England now have the power to enforce and impose local lockdowns when there are spikes in coronavirus cases.
Speaking to the BBC’s Radio 4’s Today programme, Williamson said, “We have been clear to schools that they have to plan for a scenario where they are in a situation where we see local lockdowns, and how we have that continuity of education that flows all the way through.”
Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser warned over the “risk” that “national measures” will be required if a second wave of the virus strikes this winter.
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