Britain and the coronavirus : Britain to reopen zoos, safari parks, but no schools

People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus shop at a fruits and vegitables shop in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Britain is planning to reopen zoos, safari parks and drive-in theaters as part of the easing of lockdown measures from the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the move by Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing criticism amid the failure to reopen schools for all primary school students before summer, as had been planned.

Although many English primary schools have been open for children of key workers, the Conservative government had wanted to give all pupils the chance to return following months of home learning. But schools didn’t have enough space to address social distancing requirements.

Johnson is expected to make the announcement later Wednesday.

His Downing Street Office says it hopes that reopening of safari parks and zoos will help families spend time outdoors, where the chance of catching the virus is much lower.

London Zoo and other attractions across the country had warned they faced permanent closure if something weren’t done soon.

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Source: Associated Press