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Social distancing still not getting through as scenes from Gatwick show

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An image posted on Twitter appears to questions social distancing measures and how they are still not being adhered to.

The tweet posted this morning shows a crowded scene at check-in desks in Gatwick Airport.

Last night the Prime Minister made it clear that people were to stay at home wherever possible and for those who had to go out for work or for essential travel that social distancing measures must be followed.


But images from London showing crowded tube trains and construction sites with numerous workers in close proximity to each other clearly shows that the advice is still not being followed.

All non-essential businesses have now been asked to close. A full list of which businesses are to close and who may remain open is available here.


A Gatwick spokesperson said:

“Gatwick’s priority remains the safety of our passengers and staff.  Our staff have been strongly advising passengers to adhere to social distancing measures in the terminals by encouraging passengers to stay two metres apart from one another.

“This advice is being followed by most passengers, however, we are aware of unfortunate incidents when this guidance has been ignored.

“Gatwick will continue to follow the advice of Public Health England in full and have made hand sanitizer available in our terminals, with PHE guidance on hand washing also displayed prominently across the airport.”

Elsewhere children were seen using a skatepark in Southgate, Crawley. Council staff dispersed the users and said the skatepark was closed but as it was an open access site then there was no way to completely close it.

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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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