Schools may not reopen in September if people continue to flout social distancing rules, experts warn.
This week Brits packed onto beaches in their thousands as the country enjoyed a heatwave – with many failing to stay two metres apart.
It prompted authorities to declare a major incident on Thursday amid fears it could lead to a spike in new infections.
The UK yesterday recorded the highest number of deaths in 10 days, with a further 186 fatalities linked to Covid-19.
It brings the official death toll to 43,414, although in reality it is far higher, with figures revealing it has now topped 54,000.
Scientists are now warning of a second peak which could claim thousands more lives if the UK is not careful coming out of lockdown.
Boris Johnson has announced a string of measures to ease restrictions, with pubs set to reopen on July 4 and schools set to fully reopen in September.
However officials are anxious that these could measures could be thrown in doubt if people disregard measures to keep them safe.
A government source told The Sun : “If the very strict way in which things are supposed to reopen and we’re all supposed to behave is adhered to, hopefully that will leave the room that’s required.
“If we don’t, and the numbers go up, then it becomes a matter of choices.“ ‘What is it you want to have most – schools back or something else?” They added that it is not “party time”.
The Prime Minister said earlier this week: “Provided we can make the classrooms safe, and I think we can, I want every child, every pupil, every student back in September and I’m sure we can get it done.”
And he continued: “We’ve got to start thinking of a world in which we are less apprehensive about this disease.”
Schools partially reopened their doors this month, with some year groups returning on a staggered basis.
But thousands of pupils will have gone nearly six months without setting foot inside inside a classroom by September.