Grenfell Inquiry plans to resume on 6 July

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The inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire is planning to resume in four weeks, officials have said.

The second phase of the investigation into the disaster was halted on 16 March by chair Martin Moore-Bick as the coronavirus pandemic hit. The third anniversary of the fire, which happened on 14 June 2017, takes place this Sunday.

At least one panel member fell ill with suspected Covid-19, and there were concerns over the safety of other participants.

Tower block fire in London
Martin Moore-Bick (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

6 July is now the intended date for hearings to resume, with limited numbers of people in the room, the inquiry said on Tuesday.

In a statement posted on its website, the Inquiry said:  “Hearings will only resume if it is safe to do so and remains consistent with the available guidance and the government’s easing of restrictions.

“The Panel’s primary concern is the health, safety and wellbeing of all those who would need to attend.”

Attendance will be restricted to members of the panel, counsel to the inquiry, the witness giving evidence and their legal representative,  as well as support staff and an invited journalist, the Inquiry said.

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