The Grenfell Inquiry will resume next month, four weeks after it was due to restart following the Christmas break, it has been announced.
The inquiry into the 2017 fire, which killed 72 people, was forced to close early last month when one of the inquiry team tested positive for COVID.
It was then set to restart on 11 January, but the imposition of a third lockdown in England by prime minister Boris Johnson at the start of the month forced its receommencement to be delayed.
By the time the inquiry resumes on 8 February, it will have been nearly nine weeks since it was last in session.
In a statement, the inquiry said: “The Inquiry is aiming to resume Module 2 hearings on 8 February. The hearings will use a Zoom based video platform and allow all those who would have been required to be onsite for the limited attendance hearings to participate from remote locations.”
It added: “Remote hearings are a temporary measure to be used only for as long as is absolutely necessary.”
The second module of the inquiry, which is focusing on the role of materials used in the tower’s refurbishment materials, is due to end in March.
The second phase of the inquiry is due to end in February 2022.
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