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Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you can and cannot do

Includes information on seeing friends and family, travel, and guidance for students on visits home.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you can and cannot do
Education and childcare

Education and childcare


Primary, secondary and special schools re-opened in August.

Every school should have carried out a risk assessment and put in place enhanced hygiene and cleaning arrangements.

See: guidance on supporting a safe return to school for all children, young people and staff.

Nurseries, early learning and childcare

The childcare sector has now re-opened.


Colleges, universities and community learning

To support physical distancing, colleges and universities will deliver blended learning, using remote teaching and some limited priority on-campus learning. Some community learning and development (CLD) services will begin a blended learning model by combining some face-to-face interaction with online or outdoor activity. However, most CLD services will be provided on a face-to-face basis.

Appropriate safety measures must be in place and institutions and CLD providers have responsibility for their own course provision and will determine appropriate methods of teaching for specific courses, subjects and learning activity, in line with public health guidance.

Where appropriate, sector specific guidance should be followed. For example, construction students taking part in a practical class will follow guidance for the construction sector.


First published: 27 Sep 2020 Last updated: 27 Sep 2020 -