I heard on the radio yesterday that the govt will use the law to force children back into school in September. Apparently the number attending is very hit and miss and quite low in some parts of the country.
Obviously a lot of people are still furloughed, shielding and on sickness leave. I know two people who got sick notes in April because they were just too anxious to get the bus to work. When the furlough scheme ends there will inevitably be more children back in school.
It's probably time to regionalise this now and keep high rate areas on a tighter lockdown than other places. However, that is difficult when you're telling people to go on holiday in the UK. I know there's a balance between the economy and safety, but if what we are heading about Leicester is correct then we need to start thinking about quarantining areas. Leicester is a big centre for the British Bangladeshi community and they do travel around the country a lot visiting family. Not that I'm suggesting that's a bad thing, but I know that most of Sunderland's group have family there and in Manchester and there is constant travel between the families.
I don't know if that is a contribution to the issue at all and obviously there are other areas such as parts of Cumbria and Durham still having some high rates - I would not be planning a UK holiday in the lakes this year. It just seems to make sense to warn people that certain areas are still not seeing very low rates and to consider increasing testing and possibly tighter controls in places that are still experiencing high rates of transmission.