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  • Yeah, I get it. Given that schools and businesses are running though it's still bullshit.

    Not really, schools being in is part of a nuanced balancing act with regards to mixing vulnerable groups of people.

    Put simply, kids have been mingling with the same kids/teachers for the last few months, it's probably the safest place for them if that remains stable. The main problem is that their parents have much more diverse social mixing (random people in pubs/restaurants or on public transport, large geographical distributions via workplaces, etc) which is why they are being told to isolate/wfh if possible.

    If you close schools early then millions of people have to source childcare at late notice, not least a huge number of NHS staff. The most likely demographic that will take up the slack are grandparents, exactly the group that the Government is trying to isolate right now.

    Yes, it's only a couple of weeks until the Easter holidays where childcare becomes an issue anyway, but I sense the Government are trying to get the over 70s isolated now in an attempt to minimise the number that then get lumped with childcare (and subsequent spike in infections and deaths in 3-4 weeks' time.)

    tl;dr it's far more nuanced than "schools are businesses are running though it's still bullshit." Audax is a tiny tiny niche of a minority sport that's entirely unnecessary.

  • What every other country in Europe is doing is having a few staff at school so that children of essential workers can be looked after.
    The UK is one of only two countries in Europe (Switzerland or Sweden, can't remmeber which), which hasn't closed schools.
    If people shouldn't go to work, why is it different for teachers?

  • If people shouldn't go to work, why is it different for teachers?

    OK, why is it different for NHS staff? Why is it different for the Police? Why is it different for the people who keep the utilities (gas, electric, water, Internet, etc) going?

    At some point you draw a line as to what is absolutely required, what is useful to keep going while you can, and what can be dispensed with.

    Teachers, at the moment, are near the top of that middle bracket. The line will eventually move and schools will close, but doing it right now isn't absolutely necessary, so they're holding off from doing it.

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