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Everything you need to know about the brand new plastic £20 notes

They’re coming out soon…

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As with our £5 and £10 notes, the £20 will also soon be recirculated in a brand new plastic form.

With the upgrade to plastic notes – which started with the £5 back in 2016 and continued in 2017 with the £10 – the UK joined 30 other countries who already use polymer banknotes, including Australia, Singapore and New Zealand.

The new £20 will feature a self portrait of British artist Joseph Mallord William Turner next to an image of HMS Temeraire, a ship from one of Turner’s most famous works, the Blackpool Gazette reports.

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These new polymer notes are less likely to tear than the paper ones, and they’re designed not to be damaged by moisture or dirt – it’s thought they last twice as long.

In terms of security, Sarah John, chief cashier of the Bank of England, told Which? the new £20 note will be ‘the most secure banknote yet’, adding: “The evidence is that counterfeiters find it much more difficult to produce counterfeits on polymer”.

The note comes with several security features, including a hologram that switches between the words ‘twenty’ and ‘pounds’ as you tilt it, a silver foil patch with a 3D image of the coronation crown, and a purple foil patch featuring the letter T.

It also has raised print, which will help blind and partially sighted people to identify what note it is, and an ultraviolet section which reveals the number 20 when shone under an ultraviolet light.

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Like the introduction of the polymer £5 and £10 notes, the new twenty will be circulated in phases, and you’ll be able to use your old paper ones until it’s fully withdrawn (don’t worry, you’ll get at least six months warning of the date).

And if you don’t use all your old paper £20 notes, you can always exchange them for a plastic one at the bank.

The new plastic £20 notes are due to be released on February 20th 2020, so keep your eyes peeled…

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Pubs and restaurants could reopen in June, Boris Johnson says

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As part of the newest updates on easing lockdown, in regards to the hospitality industry Boris Johnson has suggested ‘we may be able to do things faster than I thought’.

Potential plans to bring in a reduction in the existing two-metre social distancing rule to one metre mean pubs and restaurants could reopen as early as June. Mr Johnson has asked scientists to review the two metre rule in the ‘hope’ it can be reduced.

Previously, plans to reopen the hospitality sector were expected to take place at the beginning of July at the earliest, as part of phase three.

However, in a Zoom video link to the Commons liaison committee yesterday, the Prime Minister explained that hotels, restaurants and pubs may all open as soon as next month.

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He said: “It is really difficult to bring forward hospitality measures in a way that involves social distancing.

“But I am much more optimistic about that than I was. We may be able to do things faster than I previously thought.”

Boris Johnson is expected to announce new rules allowing two households to meet for barbecues later today, during the three week review of the coronavirus lockdown. 

In the roadmap, step two of the relaxing of the lockdown would not include the hospitality sector and personal care. Originally they came under step three which would start at the earliest on July 4th.

However, yesterday’s statements suggest that this could be moved forward. 

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From today you might get a call from the NHS telling you to isolate for 14 days

Track and trace starts today.

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From today, Thursday May 28th, you could get a call from the NHS telling you to self-isolate for 14 days, even if you have no symptoms.

This is because the government’s new track and trace rules are now in effect, in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus.

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, said self isolation was our ‘civic duty’ at yesterday’s briefing, adding that it could be made mandatory if people don’t obey it, the Liverpool Echo reports. 

Mr Hancock said: “If you are contacted by NHS track and trace instructing you to isolate you must it is your civic duty so you avoid unknowingly spreading the virus and you break the chain of transmission.

“This is voluntary at first because we trust people to do the right thing but we can make it mandatory if necessary.”

He continued: “From 9am tomorrow in addition if you are contacted by an NHS track and trace adviser advising you you must isolate you must do that if you have symptoms or not.”

If you have symptoms, you must self-isolate then ask for a Covid-19 test, before working with a track and trace adviser to list the people you’ve been in contact with recently, who will then get a phone call and be asked to isolate regardless of symptoms.

According to Baroness Harding, who led the track and trace project, people must isolate themselves for 14 days, although members of their family won’t have to if no one has symptoms. 

Mr Hancock added: “If you have symptoms you must isolate immediately and get yourself a test. Yesterday 2,013 people tested positive and the next step is through contact tracing, like detectives, the NHS clinician and the person who tested positive work together to trace the possible movements of the virus.”

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Full list of all the shops open in the Trafford Centre and Arndale

Non-essential shops will be reopening again soon…

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Following the latest updates from the Government, non-essential shops such as clothes and shoe shops are set to open in the next few weeks. 

Almost all non-essential shops have remained closed since the lockdown was introduced in March. This has left the Arndale and Trafford Centre quieter than anyone has ever seen them before.

Over the past few months, a limited number of essential stores have been open providing residents of the surrounding areas with accesses to essentials like food, medicine and cleaning supplies.

Most recent openings include food retailers such as Archie’s and Five Guys offering takeaway services. 

We’ve listed below the shops that are currently open within Arndale and Trafford Centre shopping centres and will continue to update the lists as stores begin to reopen their doors as part of the lockdown easing.

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The shops open in the Arndale:

  • Aldi
  • Boots
  • Superdrug
  • Holland & Barrett
  • Wilko
  • Specsavers
  • Natwest
  • TSB
  • Metrobank
  • Archie’s (takeaway and collection only)

The shops open in Trafford Centre:

  • Five Guys (click & collect and Deliveroo only)
  • M&S Foodhall
  • Holland & Barrett
  • Vision Express 

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