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Harriett Baldwin questions Government on 2 metre rule


2nd June 2020

Speaking in the House of Commons, Harriett Baldwin thanks Worcestershire teachers who managed to get 77% of reception classes open and asks why the Government is continuing to observe the 2 metre rule which is double the WHO recommendation.

Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire) (Con)

Will the Secretary of State join me in thanking the teachers in Worcestershire, who managed to get 77% of reception classes open yesterday? I am told by these teachers that their schools are not large enough for them to welcome all pupils back and observe the 2 metre rule, so could he update the House on why the UK is continuing to maintain a distance that is double that recommended by the World Health Organisation?

Matt Hancock

We have reviewed the science on the 2 metre rule. The challenge is that the further apart people are, the less likely is transmission of the virus, so the rules we have in place are to slow the transmission of this virus. It is not really the rule that presents the challenge in schools; it is about trying to make sure that all places are as safe as possible. We keep this under review, as the Prime Minister has said. I congratulate schools across Worcestershire on reopening 77% of reception classes. It is a very important step forward. Making sure that we have the guidelines in place so that we can live with the virus while bringing the rate of transmission right down is very important.

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