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Keep all nurseries and early years settings open during lockdown

Submitted by Alana Johnstone on Tuesday 5th January 2021

Published on Wednesday 13th January 2021

Current status: Open

Open until: Tuesday 13th July 2021

Current Signatures: 724
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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2020 ~ Child ~ Children ~ Covid ~ Covid-19 ~ Early Years ~ Government ~ Lockdown ~ New lockdown ~ Nursery ~ SARS-CoV-2 ~ Schools ~ The Government ~ URGENT

Petition Action

Keep all nurseries and early years settings open during lockdown

Petition Details

Urgent call for the Government to keep all nurseries and early years settings open during the new lockdown. Nurseries and early years provide a vital service for pre-school children and parents. Parents will be economically affected if nurseries close, and children will be socially disadvantaged.

Additional Information

Research (such as the below) indicates that there is a very low risk of children contracting or transmitting SARS-CoV-2 in early years settings.

Study on living with children and outcomes from COVID-19:: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.11.01.20222315v1

Study on healthcare worker households: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.09.21.20196428v1

Study on the role of children in Covid-19 in household transmission: https://academic.oup.com/cid/advance-article/doi/10.1093/cid/ciaa1825/6024998

Study on Open Schools, Covid-19, and Child and Teacher Morbidity in Sweden: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2026670

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