Grenfell bereaved say Covid ban on attending inquiry is ‘madness’

Community contrasts ongoing restrictions at inquiry with reopening of bars and eateries

Survivors and bereaved of the Grenfell Tower fire have branded as “madness” rules that mean although they can eat at a restaurant or drink in a pub, they are still not allowed to attend the public inquiry, which restarts on Monday.

The builders of the disastrous refurbishment will continue giving evidence in front of an empty inquiry room in Paddington this week, followed by building safety officials from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and, next month, executives at the council’s housing arm, which acted as landlord.

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