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Everything you can and can’t do from tomorrow as lockdown restrictions ease

From June 1st things are changing.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced new lockdown easing rules throughout England coming into force from tomorrow, Monday June 1st. 

The Prime Minister announced on Thursday that all five of the government’s tests for easing the lockdown are being met, so adjustments can begin to be made in England.

The biggest news includes allowing groups of up to six people to gather outside in public spaces or private gardens. 

In the press conference, Johnson said: “I cannot and will not throw away all the gains we’ve made together and so the changes we’re making are limited and cautious. It’s thanks to the caution you’ve shown so far that all five met are being met.”

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From Monday June 1st, you can now meet in groups of up to six people as long as you stick to the social distancing rules of staying two metres apart. You can also meet people from different households.

This means you can see both your parents or both your grandparents at the same time. 

The meetings are limited to outside, unless you have to walk through the house to get to a garden where the meeting will take place. 

Boris Johnson advised people to avoid seeing ‘too many households in quick succession’ to ‘avoid the risk of quick transmission from lots of different families’. 

The rules remain the same regarding visiting someone inside their house: “It remains the case that people should not be inside the homes of their friends and families, unless it is to access the garden.”

With regards to shopping, most shops remain closed but outdoor markets and car showrooms will reopen from June 1st. It is expected that other non-essential shops will open on June 15th.

Schools will reopen to more children from June 1st to avoid ‘depriving children of their education’. Boris Johnson said: “On Monday we will start to put this right in a safe way by reopening nurseries and other early-years settings and reception year one and year six in primary schools.”

From June 15th, it is expected that schools will begin some face to face contact time for years 10 and 12. 

Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chirs Whitty, said it is hoped that ‘relatively soon’ the number of infections will be low enough to let shielded people leave home,although they must remain shielding for now.

What you will be able to do from June 1st in England:

  • Gather in groups of up to six people in public or private outdoor spaces, practising social distancing
  • Reception, year one, year six and nursery age children are allowed to go back to school
  • Visit outdoor retail spaces, including outdoor markets, car showrooms where social distancing is possible 

This is on top of what you could already do in England:

  • Travel to work if you cannot work from home, avoiding public transport and wearing face masks if you cannot. 
  • Spend unlimited time outdoors for sunbathing or picnics
  • Travel to an outdoor open space irrespective of distance
  • Take day trips to an outdoor open space in a private vehicle
  • Meet one person from another household outdoors following social distancing guidelines
  • Unlimited exercise
  • Use tennis, basketball or golf courses
  • Visit garden centres
  • Students can return home if its permanent
  • Go to property viewings
  • Childminders/ Nannies can come to your house to look after your child

You still cannot do the following in England:

  • Visit friends/family homes or stay overnight
  • Exercise in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre including pools
  • Use outdoor gyms or playgrounds
  • Visit private or ticketed attractions
  • Leave your home to stay at another home
  • Share a private vehicle with another household
  • Leave your home to stay at another home for a holiday / to visit second home 
  • Invite anyone other than close family/friends, or someone from the same household as the deceased to a funeral

Fines: 

  • Breaking the lockdown rules could mean incurring a fine from £60 to £100 
  • Repeat offenders will see the fine double for each subsequent breach to a maximum of £3,200

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Mount Snowdon has officially changed its name following a petition

The petition got 5,000 signatures

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Mount Snowdon has officially had a name change, following a petition which garnered 5,000 signatures.

A county councillor from Gwynedd brought forward a motion which encouraged the local authority to drop the English name of both Snowdon and Snowdonia, leading to the petition.

Councillor John Pughe Roberts said the reason for implementing the motion was ‘all down to respect’ for both Wales and the Welsh language.

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The petition urged the National Park to formally use the Welsh names Eryri for Snowdonia and Yr Wyddfa for Snowdon.

And now, the Snowdonia National Park Authority will use both Welsh names, rather than the English versions.

Officials at the National Park voted in favour of the move earlier this month, saying it was ‘a mark of respect for our cultural heritage’.

Naomi Jones, head of cultural heritage at the Snowdonia National Park Authority, said: ”Many public bodies across Wales have moved to use both the Welsh and English names, or the Welsh name only, when referring to Yr Wyddfa and Eryri, as have many of the mainstream English-language press and filming companies.

“This is very encouraging, and gives us confidence that this change in the Authority’s approach will be accepted for the benefit of the Welsh language and as a mark of respect to our cultural heritage.

“We have historic names in both languages, but we are eager to consider the message we wish to convey about place names, and the role they have to play in our current cultural heritage by promoting the Welsh language as one of the National Park’s special qualities.

“By referring to our most renowned landmarks by their Welsh names we give people from all over the world the opportunity to engage with the Welsh language and its rich culture.”

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However, the National Park will still legally have to use both the Welsh and English names in any official documentation.

Snowdon is one of the most well-known landmarks in the UK, and stands at 3,560ft – making it the highest mountain in Wales.

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Man arrested following three attempted kidnappings of schoolgirls

A 33-year-old was arrested.

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Police have arrested a man following their release of CCTV footage featuring a car they believe was used in three attempted kidnappings around Salford.

A man driving the vehicle reportedly attempted to force a 15-year-old girl into the car at a bus stop in Monton on November 21st.

Detectives also think the same man ‘possibly’ tried to abduct another girl earlier that same day, as well as a third teenager five days previous.

Now police have confirmed that a 33-year-old man was arrested by officers today, Monday November 28th, on suspicion of three counts of attempted kidnap.

According to Greater Manchester Police, the victims have been left ‘extremely shaken up’.

Officers identified the vehicle in the footage as a black Vauxhall Astra with a silver cover on the driver’s side wing mirror.

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Detective Inspector Chris Horsfield, of GMP’s Salford CID, said: “Although we have made this arrest, we are still very much looking to speak to anyone who may have information or dashcam footage, which could help us to establish the circumstances.

“We understand that the local community will be concerned but we are doing all we can to solve this investigation.

“I’d urge anyone who knows anything at all to please get in touch as soon as possible. In particular we are interested in the movements of a Black Vauxhall Astra 08 plate with a silver driver’s wing mirror cover; the passenger side is black.”

Police are still keen to speak to anyone with dashcam footage from the following times:

  • Liverpool Street, Salford, between Fitzwarren Street and Albion Way on November 16th, between 7:45-8:20pm
  • Mossfield Road and Ackworth Road, Swinton, on November 21st, between 8-9am
  • Rocky Lane, Monton Green and Monton High Street on November 21st, between 6-7pm

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Police believe this car was used in three attempted kidnappings of schoolgirls

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Police have released CCTV footage of a car they believe was used in three attempted kidnappings around Salford.

A man driving the vehicle attempted to force a 15-year-old girl into the car at a bus stop in Monton on November 21st.

Detectives also think the same man tried to abduct another girl earlier that same day, as well as a third teenager five days previous.

According to Greater Manchester Police, the victims have been left ‘extremely shaken up’.

Detective Inspector Chris Horsfield said: “It’s very important that we get this man identified and off the streets as soon as possible.”

Police have identified the vehicle in the footage as a black Vauxhall Astra with a silver cover on the driver’s side wing mirror.

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Anyone with dashcam footage from the following times, officers are keen to speak to you:

  • Liverpool Street, Salford, between Fitzwarren Street and Albion Way on November 16th, between 7:45-8:20pm

  • Mossfield Road and Ackworth Road, Swinton, on November 21st, between 8-9am

  • Rocky Lane, Monton Green and Monton High Street on November 21st, between 6-7pm

 

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