When is October half term 2021 amid firebreak lockdown

By Lottie Gibbons

The Government has said there are 'last resort plans' to protect the NHS amid rumours of a so-called firebreak lockdown in October half-term.

The i newspaper reported an unnamed member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) saying a "precautionary break" could be part of "contingency plans".

The paper quoted another unnamed source saying that "a firebreak lockdown is by no means out of the question", and it was reported that could mean a two-week school half-term instead of one week.

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This prompted many parents to ask 'when is the October half term this year?'.

School term and holiday dates vary across the UK.

Across Merseyside the half term week runs from Monday, October 25 to Friday, October 29.

However, families may not need to worry as Downing Street denied there is a plan to put in place a firebreak this autumn if there is a new surge in Covid-19 cases, but the Government said there are "contingency plans" for a "range of scenarios".

Asked about the report, the No 10 spokesman said: "It is not true that the Government is planning a lockdown or firebreak around the October half-term."

He added: "We have retained contingency plans as part of responsible planning for a range of scenarios, but these kinds of measures would only be reintroduced as a last resort to prevent unsustainable pressure on our NHS.

"I think we've been clear throughout that we will take action, and indeed we have done when necessary to protect our NHS.

"But under the previous occasions when that action has been required, we have been without the significant defences that our vaccination programme provides us - we're now in a much different phase."

It comes after vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said he had not seen any plans around a firebreak and added that he hopes the virus can be dealt with "year in, year out" without having to take the "severe measures" seen last December.

He told BBC Breakfast: "Vaccines have given us the ability to reduce infections, to save 100,000 lives.

"It is through the booster programme that I hope ... we can transition the virus from pandemic to endemic status and deal with it year in, year out.

"It is going to be with us for many years - but not have to close down our economy or take the severe measures we had to sadly take in December of last year."


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