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Parents relieved as school bubbles to end and isolation for under 18s scrapped from 16 August

by LLB political Reporter
6th Jul 21 4:08 pm

The government have confirmed on Tuesday that from 16 August under 18s will no longer have to self-isolate if they come into contact with someone who has Covid.

The government have also announced an end to school bubbles from the same date, which will no doubt bring a huge relief to parents.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson told MPs on Tuesday, “Keeping children in consistent groups was essential to control the spread of the virus when our population was less vaccinated.

“We recognise that the system of bubbles and isolation is causing disruption to many children’s education.

“That is why we’ll be ending bubbles and transferring contact tracing to the NHS Test and Trace system for early years settings, schools and colleges.”

He added, “I do not think it is acceptable that children should face greater restrictions over and above those of wider society, especially since they have given up so much to keep older generations safe during this pandemic.”

The Health Secretary Sajid Javid told MPs in the Commons, “In line with the approach for adults, anyone under the age of 18 who is a close contact of a positive case will no longer have to self-isolate.

“These measures will also come into force on August 16 ahead of the autumn school term.”

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