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Reminder to Crawley punters to maintain rules as three pubs in the UK forced to close after customers test positive for coronavirus

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It was a popular time across Crawley as customers flocked to the many pubs that reopened, welcoming punters back in for their drinks and to socialise – if with somewhat social distancing rules being enforced.

But now concerns are immediately being raised after three pubs in the UK announced they were forced to close almost immediately after customers reported that they had tested positive for coronavirus.

The three pubs in West Yorkshire, Somerset and Gosport all reported they were closed again after they were informed of customers who had been to the pub since they reopened and who had now tested positive for the virus.

It comes just after lockdown restrictions has begun to be eased allowing pubs and hairdressers to begin allowing customers back.

Photos from across Crawley showed punters visiting their favourite establishments on Saturday with social distancing rules being followed, but these reports from pubs across the country could be a reminder that the country is not free of the virus and every precaution that can be taken still needs to be adhered to.

The three pubs that closed have said that they are now undertaking a deep clean and hope to reopen very soon.

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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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