Pubs in England could have to be closed in order for schools to reopen next month, a scientist advising the government has warned.
Professor Graham Medley, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said a “trade off” might need to be made to ensure full-time education could resume. Concerns have turned to a rise in infections among young people after the number of Covid-19 cases increased.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme on Saturday, he said it was “quite possible” pubs could have to shut for schools to reopen.
“I think we’re in a situation whereby most people think that opening schools is a priority for the health and wellbeing of children and that when we do that we are going to reconnect lots of households.
“And so actually, closing some of the other networks, some of the other activities may well be required to enable us to open schools.
“It might come down to a question of which do you trade off against each other and then that’s a matter of prioritising, do we think pubs are more important than schools?”