Enhanced Response Area (ERA) – changes for Cambridgeshire from 1st Nov 2021
What is new where you live?
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have become an ‘Enhanced Response Area’ (ERA). This is because we have a high number of COVID-19 cases in both areas, including in our schools, nurseries and colleges. We want to keep our schools open, and we want to keep our communities safe. We need to bring down the spread of Covid to keep schools open and to protect the NHS.
Why are these changes happening?
Covid spread is happening too quickly again and the take up of vaccinations remains lower than hoped for. The planned changes aim to bring down infection rates. The infection rates are currently higher in most areas than they were during the January peak. Becoming an Enhanced Resource Area means we will be able to ask for more money from Government and take new steps to tackle the pandemic here.
When did this change happen?
This change to an Enhanced Resource Area started on Monday November 1 and lasts for at least five weeks.
Letter to parents/carers
On 8th November, a letter was issued to all parents/carers of pupils in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Schools and Colleges. The letter covers the current position on COVID-19 and the implication of the successful application for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in becoming an Enhanced Response Area (ERA) . You can find a copy of the letter here.
If you have any follow-up questions regarding the content of the letter then please do talk to school.