Mayor of London urges Prime Minister to close schools and colleges in hotspot areas

sadiq khan calls for schools and colleges to close

Mayor of London urges Prime Minister to close schools and colleges in hotspot areas

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is urging the government to consider requesting London’s schools and colleges to close early and reopen later in January due to the “significant” rise in coronavirus cases among 10 to 19-year-olds.

In a letter the Mayor addressed to the PM, he expressed:

“Urgent consideration must be given to closing secondary schools, sixth form and FE colleges a few days early and keeping them closed for longer after Christmas”.

It comes as schools across Greenwich in southeast London are being forced to close and move classes online amid “exponential growth” of the pandemic.

The mayor said the recent spike in COVID-19 cases across the capital was deeply concerning and needs further government action.

“I am calling on the government to urgently provide additional support to get the spread under control, save lives and livelihoods and ensure our NHS is not overwhelmed this winter”.

The letter to Boris Johnson also suggested regular testing for people unable to work from home, as well as for students and staff at secondary schools and colleges.

It read:

“Increased testing is key to this, which is why I want to see regular asymptomatic testing extended to all those unable to work from home and to students and staff at London’s secondary schools, sixth-form college and FE colleges”.

He also stated that he feels face coverings should be made mandatory in busy outdoor public spaces as a result of the increase in shoppers due to Christmas.

Nearing the next review of Englands tier system, Mr Khan also reiterated that moving London from Tier 2 to Tier 3 would have a “catastrophic” economic impact on businesses, putting “hundreds of thousands of livelihoods at stake”.

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