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Everything that could be allowed after the next lockdown review which happens next week

Things will be pretty different.

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While lockdown restrictions eased further today, with the reopening of non-essential shops, there’s still more to come – and the next phase could see the reopening of pubs and hair salons.

The government’s current plan means we may be moving into phase three of the lockdown easing roadmap no earlier than July 4th. This is subject to it being safe to do so, and with regards to the latest scientific advice. 

The biggest change, if it is deemed safe to move onto the next phase, will include the opening of personal care businesses such as hairdressers and beauty salons, pubs, leisure facilities and public places, as well as being able to see family indoors. 

It’s great news for everyone who’s craving a pint and all those people who’ve had botched haircuts throughout lockdown!

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Other businesses that could reopen properly again include cinemas, places of worship, food service providers, accommodation and beauty salons. 

The ambition is to get these businesses back open, however, only if it is safe to do so. For instance, if a business can’t facilitate social distancing it shouldn’t consider reopening.

Ministers are looking into ways to get pubs open before July 4th with the use of beer gardens, terraces and marquees in an attempt to save the 3.5 million people employed by the hospitality industry.

The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is said to be in favour of a full reopening of pubs and restaurants before July 4th, providing social distancing rules are in place.

If safety measures can be put in place, pubs in England could be back open by June 22nd, two weeks earlier than planned – although that date is looking unlikely as it creeps closer.

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The government is expected to carefully phase and pilot the reopening of these higher-risk businesses and public places to ensure safety measures can be maintained. 

Another change that is outlined in phase three is visiting family and friends indoors, if it is considered safe to do so. 

The government has asked SAGE to examine whether it can change regulations regarding who people can meet.

It comes after considering those who are isolated and giving them more social contact. It also allows some families to return to work through sharing childcare. 

It could be that households will be allowed to expand their household group to include another household in a new ‘exclusive group’. This system was adopted in New Zealand.

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The 2-metre social distancing rule could also be relaxed in order to get schools fully open, and some ministers have called for this to be eased as it is ‘essential for the economy’. 

The lockdown reviews have been extended to ‘align more closely with the period of time necessary to assess the impact of previous changes on key data feeds, including the R rate’, according to Health Secretary, Matt Hancock. 

The next lockdown review will take place on Thursday June 25th. 


26-year-old who died in horror crash named as family pay tribute to ‘sensitive soul’

‘Saadat was a much-loved brother, son, and great human being’

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A 26-year-old man who was killed in a horror crash in Manchester this weekend has been named.

Three others were critically injured in the collision, but have since been confirmed as being in a ‘stable’ condition by police.

The incident occurred on Chancellor Lane around 7am Sunday morning, and within minutes officers had attended the scene.

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The man who sadly passed away has now been named as Saadat Shah, with his family paying tribute to the ‘sensitive soul’.

Saadat’s family said: “Saadat was a much-loved brother, son, and great human being. His life was just starting, and he just came back from Paris for his birthday last week.

“He had so many plans and was going to get married soon. He was very close with all members of his family, and he greatly loved everyone.

“A sensitive soul, he will be dearly missed by everyone forever. RIP.”

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According to police, a car travelling away from the city centre lost control before colliding with a bollard – with no other vehicles involved.

Four men were taken to hospital to be treated, however Saadat sadly passed away despite the best efforts of medics

The other three occupants, aged 23, 24 and 29, suffered ‘life threatening injuries’, however in an update on Monday, December 5th, a Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said the car’s driver was in a ‘critical but stable’ condition.

The vehicle’s two other passengers are also in a stable condition, police said, but both have serious injuries.

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No arrests have been made in relation to the crash, and GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit are still appealing for anyone who may have seen the accident during the early hours to get in touch.

Officers want to speak to anyone who may have footage – including dashcam, mobile phone or CCTV/doorbell footage – from the area in the moments both before and after the crash.

Anyone with information can contact police on 0161 856 4741 quoting incident 713 of 4/12/22, or pass on details via their LiveChat function at or anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Five-year-old girl becomes ninth child to die after contracting Strep A

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A five-year-old girl has sadly passed away after contracting Strep A, making her the ninth child to die after becoming ill with the infection.

The girl, who went to the Black Mountain Primary School in Northern Ireland, became severely ill last week before being treated at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

Tragically she passed away on Monday, December 5th.

According to the BBC, the Public Health Agency (PHA) sent a letter to parents of children at the school on Friday, asking them to attend a clinic to be seen by a doctor and receive a preventative course of antibiotics.

Black Mountain Primary has said the girl’s death was a tragic loss, as it seeks to reassure parents that it was working closely with the PHA.

Meanwhile across the rest of the UK, seven children in England and one in Wales have sadly died since September as a result of complications from Strep A bacterial infections.

The message from health officials is for parents to be vigilant, and that while most cases of Strep A are mild, if your child deteriorates rapidly you should seek urgent medical advice.

According to some experts, the UK is experiencing this outbreak due to the last two years of the Covid pandemic where children didn’t mix as much.

This means their systems are not immune to a number of different infections, and there’s been a warning that the number of cases of both Strep A and scarlet fever will rise in the next few weeks.

The chairman of the GP committee of the British Medical Association, Dr Alan Stout, has said that the number of deaths among children in the UK was ‘slightly unusual’.

He said: “The last proper outbreak was four or five years ago, there were maybe four deaths associated with that – not even direct effect, but associated with the infection. So to get to eight or nine now [across the UK] is slightly unusual.”

Warning signs of the invasive disease include a fever (a high temperature above 38C) and severe muscle aches.

The UKHSA is advising anyone with a high fever, severe muscle aches, pain in one area of the body and unexplained vomiting or diarrhoea to seek urgent medical assistance.

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Cheers star Kirstie Alley dies aged 71 after short illness 

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Cheers star Kirstie Alley has sadly passed away aged 71 after a short illness.

Alley also starred with John Travolta in the 1989 romantic comedy Look Who’s Talking, as well as on Celebrity Big Brother.

Her children posted an update to Instagram: “To all our friends, far and wide around the world…

“We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered.

“She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living and whatever adventures lie ahead. As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother.

“We are grateful to the incredible team of doctors and nurses at the Moffitt Cancer Center for their care.

“Our mother’s zest and passion for life, her children, grandchildren and her many animals, not to mention her eternal joy of creating, were unparalleled and leave us inspired to live life to the fullest just as she did.

“We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.

“With love always, True and Lillie Parker”.

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