Reopening of high streets and support for students preparing for GCSEs and A levels

From today we’ll see a slight but welcome step back towards normality with many ‘non-essential’ shops reopening since the lockdown. But, it’s still vital that we all continue to follow the official advice and specific guidance when visiting shops if we are to help prevent further infection.

Our highways teams have been busy working closely with borough and district councils to prepare shopping streets and town centre areas for social distancing and hygiene requirements for when customers return, as well as promoting walking and cycling routes.

There’s a lot of considerations and possibilities. For example, we could create one-way pedestrian streets to allow for social distancing,  or close car parking bays to widen pavements to allow pedestrian segregation while people are passing each other or queuing for shops. 

The most important thing is that people are kept safe, and while we will do our upmost to achieve this, we will need people to do their bit by following the spirit of social distancing too.

Also from today, every secondary school in Staffordshire will have provision for students preparing for GCSE and A Level exams next year.

Social distancing, reduced student numbers in classrooms and more online learning are just some of the measures being put in place to help keep students and staff safe. Parents have already been informed of the arrangements being put in place, which will vary from school to school.

Making sure that our children are able to continue learning is really important for their future but it’s a real balancing act between keeping the virus contained. We will continue to support all our schools throughout the pandemic and once again I would like to thank teachers and staff for what they have done and will continue to do for the children of Staffordshire.

The latest Coronavirus advice is available here

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