As schools in Cornwall prepare to break up for the Easter holidays, parents are being urged to stick to the public health guidance and lockdown roadmap to help stop the spread of Covid 19.
Although some children may want to see their classmates over the Easter break, young people should NOT be going to other people’s homes for sleep overs or indoor play dates.
Public Health Consultant for Children at Cornwall Council Brian O’Neill explains: “Schools have developed COVID safety plans, which minimises the risks of transmission amongst young people, but we simply don’t always apply them when we see friends outside of school.
“At this stage of the roadmap out of lockdown you can meet with up to six people in an outside space, but you should limit sharing of toys or using climbing frames etc. The rules also state that you should not mix with other people indoors, unless they are part of your support bubble.
“We all still need to practice social distancing, face masks where appropriate and ensuring good hand hygiene; three of our best tools in fighting this virus.”
Teachers, parents and secondary aged children are being urged to continue coronavirus testing over the two-week break.
This helps to break the chains of transmission of coronavirus by identifying asymptomatic positive cases. Those who test positive then self-isolate in accordance with the Stay at home guidance, helping to reduce transmission of the virus.
Primary school age children and those in nurseries are not included in the rapid, regular asymptomatic testing and should NOT be tested unless they develop symptoms. Children under 11 years old should only be tested if they have symptoms of covid using the NHS test and trace system.
Brian said: “The government has also confirmed access to free twice-weekly testing for all adults in households with early years, primary, secondary school and college aged children and young people, including childcare and support bubbles.
“We know in some parts of the country that parents have been using their own tests on their primary school aged children do a test; this is not recommended and should only be done if they have symptoms and carried out at one of the test centres.
“We have come so far in our battle against COVID-19 and there is light at the end of the tunnel; we need to continue following the guidance at each stage to ensure we keep going in the right direction.”
Further guidance can be found on the government website.