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Greater Manchester Police issue statement regarding new local restrictions, including how they will police

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Greater Manchester Police have released a statement regarding the changes to local restrictions on Facebook.

The government has implemented local restrictions across Greater Manchester and other areas of the North West meaning those living in the affected areas must now not meet people from another household inside. 

The new rules mean households cannot mix inside a private home or garden or socialise with them in other indoor public venues. 

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have confirmed they will continue with their approach of policing ‘by consent and remain consistent with the four E’s approach that we have taken so far’.

GMP wrote in its statement: “We will continue to work with our communities. We will engage with people, explain the current circumstances and encourage people to do the right thing in complying with the government guidelines.

“We will only take enforcement action as a last resort, when people are not listening and putting others at risk.”

“The guidance around attending licensed premises remains the same in that the premises should be managing social distancing requirements.

“If it is clear they cannot meet this requirement, and people are not social distancing, then they will be expected to close or face the prospect of police enforcing closure.”

They also added that they will be increasing resources to preventing illegal raves and large gatherings.

The statement, from Assistant Chief Constable, Nick Bailey read: “We have already prevented a number of events from taking place, arrested a number of people in connection with the irresponsible organisation of unlicensed and seized equipment.

“There is a clear risk from attendance at any of these events or gatherings as there are no safety measures in place and we urge everyone to stay away. We understand the frustration of not being able to continue social lives, or visit friends and family, however the risk of Coronavirus is still present and attending events in large groups is in breach of Covid legislation.”

The statement goes on to explain that anyone ‘young and old’ can catch coronavirus, stating ‘the only way to stay safe and protect your family and loved ones is by following the guidelines outlined today’.

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The statement urged the public to ‘look out for each other’, ‘particularly those who are most vulnerable at this time’.

Regarding the news of the restrictions being place on Eid al-Adha, Bailey wrote: “Today also marks Eid al-Adha so many of our Muslim communities will have woken up this morning to find that their celebrations this year may need to be changed at short notice.

“I can only imagine how upsetting this may be, and our officers will engage with community partners and our Muslim communities with understanding and compassion in the coming days to help explain the guidelines and keep people safe.”

The statement finishes with a thank you to the people of Greater Manchester for their ‘continued support as we have seen the vast majority of people following the guidelines and protecting those who are most vulnerable in our society.’

See the full local restrictions here. 

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You should wear masks and avoid kissing during sex to stop spread of coronavirus, experts say

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A sexual health charity has published advice on sex in a pandemic, and it includes avoiding kissing, wearing face masks and not using face to face positions.

Terrence Higgins Trust has said that 84% of people have abstained from having sex with a partner they don’t live with throughout the lockdown, but the charity urges officials that this is no longer realistic.

Asking people to refrain from sex completely is no longer realistic now there has been easing of the lockdown measures. 

The charity said we need to find a way ‘to balance our need for sex and intimacy with the risks of the spread of Covid-19’. 

The charity’s advice is simple, the best sexual partner during a pandemic is either yourself or a partner you already live with. 

The advice explains that masturbation, sex toys, phone sex or online sex are all great and safe alternatives. 

If you are having sex with someone you don’t live with, the charity suggests limiting the number of sexual partners. It also provides a list of other precautions you should take, and some might seem a bit unusual at first.

First up, like anything these days, before and after sex you need to wash your hands for 20 seconds. Nothing gets you in the mood quite like lathering up your hands as you hum Happy Birthday twice over!

Next, the advice states to avoid kissing, to wear a face mask during intercourse and to pick positions that are not face to face – get creative! 

The charity also warns that the virus can be found in some bodily fluids, so ensure you are wearing condoms and dams for oral sex. 

Other advice has even gone one step further, and suggested using physical barriers like glory holes that prevent face-to-face contact but allow sexual contact. 

Dr Michael Brady, the charity’s medical director, said: “We’re clear that abstaining from sex is the best way to protect yourself from coronavirus, but we hope by issuing this advice we will help people to manage the risks of Covid-19 while also being able to have and enjoy sex.”

The charity also stresses the importance of practising good sexual health beyond the pandemic, including getting tested before becoming sexually active again.

Find out more about how to minimise the risk of Covid-19 while having sex here, including how to get tested for STIs and HIV

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Jet2 plane circles Greater Manchester after people report hearing ‘loud bang’

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A plane was spotted circling the skies above Greater Manchester this afternoon, with witnesses reporting that they heard a ‘loud bang’.

The Manchester Evening News reports that a Jet2 Boeing 757 took off from Manchester Airport, but ended up circling the skies above Greater Manchester – as seen on online flight trackers.

According to the MEN, the flight has now landed safely back down at Manchester Airport.

A Twitter user said: “I saw the plane as it flew overhead. Following the noises, it stopped climbing and banked left. Looks to be trying to return to the Airport. Fingers/eyes/toes crossed that everyone & everything is okay x”.

Others reported they heard a ‘loud bang’ that could have been an ‘engine backfiring’. 

One user wrote: “That was scary to hear and witness flames coming out of the right engine! Never heard anything like it before living under flight path”.

Some reports on Twitter suggest the noise could’ve been a bird strike. 

The latest update from the MEN says the plane was on a test flight, with the airline set to issue an official statement shortly.

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The ‘best meteor shower of the year’ will be visible over the UK this week

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The Perseid meteors are active between mid-July and the end of August, and this year they will be reaching their peak this week. 

There is set to be as many as 50 to 100 comets flying across the sky each hour, as part of the spectacle this week.

To get the best glimpse of the meteor shower, you’re gonna have to stay up late. The Royal Observatory advises that The Perseids will be most visible between midnight and 5:30am.

The meteors will be flying across the skies on the nights of August 11th and 12th, meaning you can get a glimpse as early as tomorrow evening!

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According to the Royal Observatory: “[The shower] is always above the horizon as seen from the UK, which means that observers in the UK should be able to see some meteors as soon as the Sun sets.

“Therefore, it is worth looking up in the early evening.

“It is always favourable to try and spot meteors when the Moon is below the horizon or when it is in its crescent phase, because otherwise it will act as a natural light pollution and will prevent the fainter meteors from being visible.”

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Many stargazers wait all year for this extra special meteor shower due to the rate and brightness of the meteors.

The Perseid meteor shower is caused as the Earth moves through a stream of debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle, which has a huge 133-year orbit.

The particles hit the Earth at a super speed of 37 miles per second, burning and streaking across the sky.

It is possible to see some rare meteors just before midnight that graze the Earth’s atmosphere and produce the occasional bright long trail, called a ‘fireball’.

The Royal Observatory recommends heading to the countryside for the best view, and to ensure you’re in an area of clear skies.

Find out more about the Perseid meteor shower here

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