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Pubs could have to shut to let schools open, says government scientific advisor

A scientific advisor to the Government has warned England could have to close pubs in order to re-open schools next month.

Professor Graham Medley, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), agreed with the chief medical officer Chris Whitty that the the country was “near the limits” of opening up society.

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine academic told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think that’s quite possible.”

“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?”

Yorkshire Live – Health