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Coronavirus: Largest jump in UK deaths, confirmed cases exceed 8,000 as some Crawley parents decide to take children to playground

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If it was the shock factor parents needed then it could be coming if advice by the government and health officials are not followed.

After children were seen using the skatepark in Southgate this morning, 24th March, now several playgrounds have been seen occupied by numerous parents with their children, clearly not abiding by the social distancing rules as they engaged with other people.

In Cherry lane playground over a dozen parents and their children were seen enjoying the playground.

Crawley Council has confirmed that all play areas are closed and that new signage will be installed in the next day.

A spokesperson for Crawley Council said:

“We continue to urge people to follow the Government’s advice – stay at home. Only leave for food, health reasons or work (where this cannot be done from home) Stay 2m from other people Wash hands as soon as you get home.”

The government again made it clear that anyone found not obeying the rules will be fined a starting fee of £30 but going up to an unlimited amount for persistent offenders.

In todays Downing Street briefing, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock again reiterated that it was not a request for people to stay indoors, it was a rule.

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How safe is my school in Crawley? Education union launches COVID-19 map

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The National Education Union, the largest education union in the UK and Europe which represents over 450,000 members has launched a new website that they say provides ‘accurate, accessible and up-to-date information about the Covid-19 rate in the locality of every school in England.’

The site is aimed at people being able to check what the levels of Covid are around the school and whether the school is on a watch list or not.

They say the site is updated weekly, and the data will show the number of Covid-19 cases in a school’s surrounding area, the trend since last week (an increase or decrease in case numbers), whether or not the school is on a watchlist, and links to any local restrictions in place.

They add:

“In much of the country the map will offer reassurance that case numbers are quite low. In others, it will reinforce public health messaging from local authorities and Government that cases are higher. In all situations it will encourage members of the public to follow all public health guidance.

Where cases are higher, it will support head teachers in encouraging parents and other visitors to school sites to maintain social distancing and hygiene.”

Commenting on the launch, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: 

“Everyone in the education sector has worked hard to make full opening of schools, colleges and universities as successful as possible this autumn, but they have been let down by the Government which hasn’t even ensured that Covid testing has kept pace with need.

“But this website will also encourage parents to support our asks of the Government that they help to support safety in our schools and colleges.

“Parents, students and staff also need urgent answers on next year’s exams, and how fit for purpose they will be. This is in light of not only the past summer’s fiasco, but also the disruption of local lockdowns in the months ahead.”

You can check the information around your local school at their new site by clicking here.

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