Extension of half-time vacations for Liverpool schools taken off the table.

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Mayor Joe Anderson said yesterday that extended school closures are being considered as a way to counteract the rapidly rising number of coronavirus cases in the city.

Liverpool’s schools will not extend their mid-term vacations to two weeks, the city council confirmed.

Mayor Joe Anderson said yesterday that the idea of reducing coronavirus cases was being considered.

He told Paul Salt of Radio Merseyside: “This is something I’m looking at, yes. I talked to my Director of Education about it both last night and this morning and I am looking at it now.

In an interview with BBC Radio Merseyside last night, Mayor Anderson suggested that a two-week half term was one of the options being considered to try to reduce case numbers as the city adjusts to Tier 3 restrictions.

The schools have had a significant number of cases, with 878 students testing positive since the beginning of the school year. Another 21,619 out of 75,000 students from across the city have been sent home to learn from a distance since the beginning of the school year early last month.

“I know that this can be disruptive for parents, but at the same time our teachers are under enormous pressure. We have thousands of people in the teaching profession who are currently isolating themselves as well as the students”.

However, a spokesperson for the Council confirmed today that an extended half term is no longer being considered by the Council.

He said: “There will be no announcement that schools will be closed. We will continue to work with the Ministry of Education and the School Commissioner on the challenges facing the city”.

Pubs, bars, gymnasiums and betting shops are among the places that will have to close according to the rules.

The Tier 3 restrictions that apply in the city do not affect schools, with businesses being the main focus.

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