Government plans for more children to begin returning to school at the beginning of June (see “Phased wider opening of schools, colleges and nurseries”) have been criticised by trade unions and are coming under pressure from a number of local authorities.
With schools having been shut for most pupils since 23 March, a specially-designed online survey of over 4000 parents in England shows that children from better-off households are spending 30% more time each day on educational activities.
Nicola Sturgeon has announced that schools in Scotland will reopen on 11 August at the start of the new school year and an increased number of children will have access to critical childcare, as she unveiled a four-phase "route map" aimed at restarting society while suppressing the virus.
Scientists from the University of Sheffield have found that over half of a group of rice varieties sold in the UK contained levels of arsenic that were higher than allowed for babies and young children.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reminded building occupiers, businesses and other duty holders restarting operations after the COVID-19 shutdown to review their water systems maintenance arrangements to avoid creating a public health hazard from waterborne bacteria such as legionella.
With the Government encouraging more people to return to work, assuming they are not among the group who can work from home, employers are having to think seriously about what measures they will need to ensure workplace safety.
Kindness is the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, currently taking place up to Sunday 24 May 2020, which aims to highlight the benefits of helping others to improve mental health and wellbeing and reduce stress during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.