Coronavirus: No change for schools as country enters lockdown

Schools will continue to open for vulnerable and key workers’ children, the government has confirmed, after the U.K. was put into lockdown.

Prime minister Boris Johnson this evening announced police will be ordered to enforce a strict coronavirus lockdown – including a ban on gatherings of more than two people, all non-essential shops to close and a restriction of leaving your home.

Johnson did not mention schools in his ministerial broadcast. But the Department for Education confirmed tonight there is no change for how schools will operate.

From this morning, schools were open solely for vulnerable children or those of key workers – but only if the child was unable to stay at home.

New guidance published this evening states: “If you work in a critical sector outlined in this guidance, or your child has been identified as vulnerable, you can continue to take your children to school.”

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