Coronavirus advice for schools returning from Italy


Cheshire East Council has provided updated advice to the borough’s schools, relating to pupils and staff returning from trips to Italy.

It follows the decisions by Sandbach High School and Brine Leas School to send pupils and staff home after they had returned from northern Italy. 

Dr Matt Tyrer, acting director of public health at Cheshire East Council, said: “We have had a number of queries in relation to school trips to Italy.

“We have further liaised today with Public Health England to get the latest advice.”


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Dr Tyrer added: “There are two specific areas in the north of Italy that have put in control measures – one area of 10 villages in lowland Lombardy and one village in the Veneto region.

“If individuals have been to these specific towns, the advice is to self-isolate and contact NHS 111.

“In relation to the rest of Italy, individuals who have flu-like symptoms should contact NHS 111 for advice.

“Individuals without these symptoms do not need to contact NHS 111 or self-isolate.

“This means pupils and teachers can go back into school as normal.”


Prevention is better than cure

Prevention is always better than cure, so, as with the flu virus, the most effective way for people to protect themselves from Covid-19 is to adopt good hygiene to prevent the risk of infection – use a ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach to coughs and sneezes.

As the situation develops guidance will be updated daily.


Affected area

The map below shows the village areas in Italy affected by the restrictions, which are away from the mountain ski resorts.

Further guidance for travellers returning from Italy is available via the government website.