UPDATED 5:30 PM PT – Tuesday, August 25, 2020
The U.K.’s prime minister has said he’s pleased with the way schools have been preparing to reopen. During his visit to Southwest England, Boris Johnson spoke on the efforts being put forth by teachers and parents.
According to Johnson, the virus shouldn’t scare children or their families.
He believes the most important thing now is getting kids back into the classroom.
“I am really pleased by the work that teachers, schools, parents, pupils have done to get ready, the steps they have taken to ensure that there is social distancing, and to ensure that schools are safe. Of course, all our scientific advice is that schools are safe. It is absolutely crucial that people understand that. There is far more risk to the well-being of our children from not going to school than there is, I’m afraid, from the disease, so that is my priority.” – Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
He went on to say they’re still trying to decide whether or not to make wearing a face mask mandatory.
Johnson added they will make a decision based on expert advice as it becomes available to the public.