To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the G7 summit being held in Cornwall between 11 and 13 June 2021, what recent assessment she has made of the (a) potential risk of covid-19 infection to people who (i) live close to and (ii) are attending that summit, (b) the potential effect of that summit on the spread of the Indian variant and (c) the potential risk of covid-19 infection to younger police officers deployed to that summit who have not been vaccinated; and if she will make a statement.
9 June 2021
The health and safety of all staff and attendees at the Summit, and local residents in Cornwall, is paramount. Government will take all necessary measures to ensure that the G7 Summit is fully COVID-secure, and review them as appropriate.
For the Summit, the Government has implemented a comprehensive range of measures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission. This includes keeping numbers attending to a minimum and requiring all those travelling from abroad to provide a negative test pre-departure. Everyone involved in the Summit, including police officers, will undergo regular testing. Venues will be configured to enable social distancing, and face coverings and other measures will also be in place.
We recognise the importance of Personal Protective Equipment for all of those on the frontline and continue to work with the police to ensure officers receive the essential equipment they need in order to carry out their jobs safely.
Covid-19 vaccines are being delivered in line with the guidance of the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). This prioritises those who are most likely to suffer the most serious health outcomes as a result of catching the virus, where age is assessed to be the most significant factor. Police officers will continue to be vaccinated in line with the JCVI-guided prioritisation, and many have received at least a first dose ahead of the G7 Summit.