Coronavirus: Children

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 24th September 2020.

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Photo of Sarah Olney Sarah Olney Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of exempting children from covid-19 restrictions on the number of people allowed to meet in a group from 14 September 2020.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

It is illegal to gather socially in a group of more than six in England. The rule of six includes children so it applies to people of all ages.

We have set out a clear and consistent limit of six people of any age in all settings to make the rules easier to understand for the public and easier to enforce by the police and public health officials.

The Government keeps social distancing restrictions under continual review and will make changes if the data and science supports it.

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