Schools reopening: Don’t mix with other parents outside the gates, minister warns

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PARENTS have been warned not to mix with other people outside school gates, the schools minister warned today.

Nick Gibb said today that just because kids are back in schools, it doesn’t mean adults are allowed to have a catch up and a gossip with other parents.

Parent were warned not to mingle with others outside the school gates

Mixing between households is still not allowed – even outside – until the end of the month, he stressed.

Speaking to the Evening Standard today, he said:

“Parents need to be very careful of socially distancing.

“Hands, face, space –that’s still the rule for parents collecting their children from school.

“And they should take their children home. The roadmap doesn’t permit mixing of households at this stage.

“So we are saying that they just need to go straight home after school and keep socially distancing at the school gate as well.”

Mr Gibb also said he worried about people not socially distancing as people grow tired of the pandemic and lockdown rules.

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He added: “If you want to be fair to other people – as well as to prevent you yourself from contracting the virus – it’s really important to stick to the rules as they are set out and we all need to socially distance.”

Schools across England went back yesterday in the first easing of the lockdown under the PM’s roadmap.

People were also allowed to visit relatives in care homes for the first time in months, and now people can leave their homes for leisure purposes – such as to meet a friend for coffee or go to the park to sit on a bench.

But the stay at home message is still in place until the end of the month.

Ministers are happy overall with the smooth return to school for millions of children

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