Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Thursday evening. We’ll have another update for you on Friday morning.
1. New guidance on face coverings in England
Less than 12 hours before face coverings become mandatory in England’s shops, the government released new guidelines detailing exactly when and where they must be worn. They’ll be required in enclosed spaces, including when buying takeaway food and drink – although they can be removed once in the seating area. If you want to make sure you are properly covered read our handy guide.
2. Dyson to cut 900 jobs
Vacuum maker Dyson is to cut 600 UK jobs and a further 300 worldwide as it comes to terms with the coronavirus pandemic. The company, headed by the UK’s richest man Sir James Dyson, said the crisis had “accelerated changes in consumer behaviour” which would require changes to how the business operates. Many of the jobs which will be lost are in customer service and sales.
3. Some businesses still waiting for the green light
Many businesses are adjusting to their new normal. Among them are indoor gyms in England, which will be reopening from Saturday, much to the delight of these fitness fanatics. But there are many businesses which have still not been given the go ahead – such as nightclubs or soft play areas like this one, whose owner says the uncertainty is “devastating”.
4. Scottish shielders allowed out to the pub
Those most at risk from coronavirus in Scotland, who have been advised to stay at home and shield, will be allowed to visit shops, pubs and restaurants from Friday. Nicola Sturgeon announced the changes, which come ahead of a pausing of shielding guidelines set for 1 August, on Thursday as she acknowledged it had been a “painful journey”. People shielding can also meet indoors with a maximum of eight people from up to two households if physical distancing is maintained, she said.
5. Sun, sea and technology
If you are heading to the beach in Dorset grab your bucket, spade and smart phone as an app has been created to help beachgoers social distance by warning them where the crowds are. The software has been developed by Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Tourism and covers 15 miles of beaches on the south coast. Thousands flocked to the beaches last month after temperatures hit the mid-20s with a major incident declared at Bournemouth beach.
And don’t forget…
And with the new guidelines coming into force here is a reminder of what the police can tell you to do.
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