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Greater Manchester’s lockdown rules are changing from today

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The lockdown rules in Greater Manchester will be seeing an ‘overhaul’ as seven boroughs in the region are now on ‘red alert’. 

Coronavirus infection rates have increased in every Greater Manchester borough except Trafford, according to the latest data. 

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on September 4th that lockdown has been slightly eased due to the hard work of ‘residents, communities and local authorities’ in bringing rates down. 

Casinos, bowling alleys and other leisure facilities were given the green light to reopen in Greater Manchester from today, September 8th – excluding in Bolton where rates have now reached 121.7 cases per 100,000 people, the Manchester Evening News reports.  

The rules in Greater Manchester will therefore match the changes put in place in the rest of the country on August 15th. 

However, as happened in Oldham when the infection rates were high, Bolton will face tighter restrictions. 

Restrictions are expected to be reviewed this Friday, September 11th. 

Here are the latest rules in each borough:

Salford, Rochdale, Trafford, Bury, Tameside and City of Manchester

  • The ban on two households mixing indoors – including gardens – are still in place. 

Wigan and Stockport 

  • No more than two households can mix together indoors in both boroughs with social distancing being practised
  • Residents are being advised to limit the number of people they see over short periods and to avoid holding or attending celebrations
  • Access a private garden externally and avoid use of toilets where possible
  • You can stay overnight in someone else’s home if social distancing can be maintained
  • You can only meet with one other household to sit indoors at bars and restaurants. You can meet with up to six people you do not live with outdoors. You can meet with more than six people if the total does not exceed two households. 

Bolton – any residents from Bolton must follow these rules in Bolton and when visiting any other area

  • You cannot have anyone you do not live with in your home or garden
  • People from different households cannot mix indoors or outdoors 
  • Casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor play areas and soft play and exhibition centres remain closed
  • Family or friends who do not live with you cannot visit your home to help with childcare (unless they are part of a bubble) – you can use registered nannies and childcare providers
  • Children with separated parents can move between households
  • Public transport must only be used for essential purposes such as education and work
  • Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and funerals can still go ahead with a max of 30 people
  • Wedding receptions and celebrations of any size in the form of a sit-down cannot take place 

Oldham  any residents from Oldham must follow these rules in Oldham and when visiting any other area

  • You cannot have (or visit) anyone in your home or garden whether inside or outside of Oldham 
  • You cannot socialise with people you do not live with inside public venues 
  • Pubs and restaurants have been advised to stop walk-ins and only seat people who have booked in advance with a max of six people per table from one household 
  • You cannot socialise with people you do not live with outdoors including parks or walking routes
  • Family or friends who do not live with you cannot visit your home to help with childcare (unless they are part of a bubble) – you can use registered nannies and childcare providers
  • Children with separated parents can move between households
  • Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and funerals can still go ahead with a max of 20 people

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Supermarkets are reintroducing limits on some products to stop panic buying

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Rationing on essential items in supermarkets has begun again. 

In attempts to avoid a part two of the Lockdown Toilet Roll Fiasco we’re all still mentally scarred from, some supermarkets have reintroduced rationing on a number of products in England. 

Tesco is now limiting purchasing on flour, dried pasta, toilet roll, baby wipes and anti-bacterial wipes to a maximum of three per customer.

There are additional limits on items such as rice and tinned goods online. 

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A spokesperson for Tesco told Mirror Money: “We have good availability, with plenty of stock to go round, and we would encourage our customers to shop as normal.

“To ensure that everyone can keep buying what they need, we have introduced bulk-buy limits on a small number of products.”

Morrisons became the first of the supermarket chains to reinstate rationing earlier this week, placing a purchase limit of three on essentials.

Toilet roll, hand sanitiser, soap, most cleaning products, kitchen roll and Calpol all currently have purchase limits on them. 

Aldi’s chief executive has also released a statement to customers stating: “There is no need to buy more than you usually would. I would like to reassure you that our stores remain fully stocked and ask that you continue to shop considerately.”

Head of Retail at the law firm Gordons, Andy Brian, told the Guardian: “Hopefully, shoppers will adopt a calmer approach than earlier in the year, and continue to shop as normal.”

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Blackpool Zoo celebrates after endangered species is born there

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Blackpool Zoo is celebrating the birth of a baby Gibbon – one of Europe’s second-largest group of endangered species. 

Gibbons are usually found in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia, however, a paired-for-life duo living at Blackpool Zoo are keeping the population alive as the only two breeding pairs found at the zoo. Gibbons also only breed every two or three years so this is extra amazing news for the species! 

The clearing of vast amounts of trees for farming or replantation of commercial plants has caused problems for many of Asia’s primates, including Pileated Gibbons. 

Parents Ivy and Chamoa welcomed the new arrival in August making them a happy family of five.

Keepers are hoping for a girl, however, it’s not yet known the sex of the baby Gibbon.

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Charlotte Pennie, Senior Primate Keeper at Blackpool Zoo, said: “Ivy is doing a fantastic job of caring for the youngster, which she will carry on her chest for around six months before it starts to explore its surroundings.

She added: “Ivy is 31 and has been with us for 26 years. We almost lost her ten years ago when she became very ill, so for her to recover and go onto have three healthy babies is just wonderful.”

Gibbons form monogamous breeding pairs and have a diet consisting of sweet fruits, leaves, flowers and insects. At Blackpool Zoo they also get carrots, seeds, fruit and vegetables with rice, boiled eggs and cheese as treats.

Find out more about Gibbons at Blackpool Zoo here

 

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Local chef raises £35,000 after his food truck is burned down in ‘racist attack’

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A huge fundraiser has been launched to help David Kamson get his food truck back following a ‘racist’ arson attack.

Jolus Lutete, who has never met David, set up a GoFundMe account to raise money so David can get a new van following the horrific attack.

David Olalekan Kamson shared the story on Instagram, saying he’d suffered racist attacks from a man in his local neighbourhood in Moston.

According to David, the man originally stole his van – which David operates Moston Suya from – a few weeks ago, causing more than £5,000 in damages before the police located it. 

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I am a Descendant of Noble Kings .. I Humble myself and Serve My Community … I worked Hard 3 years 9 months.. I saved money .. no social – bought a catering Trailer for £3000 pounds Spent £438 pounds to bring down from Canterbury Kent to Manchester . So I can serve food in a decent In a decent environment for my community. Some Racist Thief in Moston Named Craig Don’t like the idea of a Black Man Doing Such Business in Moston So he stole the Catering trailer .. sold equipments over £5000 and damage the inside for Fun One Month Later it was found with Him in Blackley Charles town Road Police tried to arrest him , he lied he bought it and couldn’t provide any proof who sold it to him .. He was not charged or disturbed I see him around and I just ignore him I’m a community Lad … known for Huslte and funny vibes 2 days ago on Hartley street this same Craig guy drove pass me and say to me fucking black immigrants come in Moston to do business like they own it.. he went ahead to tell me that trailer should have been his and his boys eyes are on it That was 2 days ago This morning I woke up late at about 10am and I went into the post office where the cashier was telling me oh my God what happened to your trailer , I said nothing is wrong with it it’s fine .. the council loves it and I have just fixed it back and bought back tools in it … He screen nooooo , it’s burnt down to ashes .. I said no , maybe people burn things beside it He said no , I didn’t even mind him because I started laughing So I went to check on £3000 trailer with £2200 worth of equipment Gone in ashes with some things missing … which means it was robbed before burnt This Act of Hate should not be allowed in Moston . This is hateful and sad … All the kids that gets chicken from me , all the street homeless and beggars I give food to Most are not black , I have no colour black or white … I am a community man and should be treated as one , I kept trying to feed myself and shelter my soul .. Someone is hating in Corner I leave this to God , That trailer was God’s gift to me to get out of Hunger . Somebody burn it . #SayNotoRacism

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The police attempted to arrest the man, but said they didn’t have ‘good enough reasons’ to why the van was in his possession so couldn’t.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of it.

Two days ago, on September 21st, ‘the man in question drove past David hurling racial abuse and stating that David and immigrants have no business building businesses in his area’. 

On September 23rd, David found his fan to be subject of an arson attack, leaving him not only heartbroken but his business literally in ashes. 

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In the Instagram post, David wrote: “I am a Descendant of Noble Kings .. I Humble myself and Serve My Community … I worked Hard 3 years 9 months.. I saved money .. no social – bought a catering Trailer for £3000 pounds.

“Spent £438 pounds to bring down from Canterbury Kent to Manchester . So I can serve food in a decent In a decent environment for my community.

“Some Racist Thief in Moston Named Craig Don’t like the idea of a Black Man Doing Such Business in Moston.

“So he stole the Catering trailer .. sold equipments over £5000 and damage the inside for Fun.

“One Month Later it was found with Him in Blackley Charles town Road.

“Police tried to arrest him , he lied he bought it and couldn’t provide any proof who sold it to him ..

“He was not charged or disturbed.

“I see him around and I just ignore him.

“I’m a community Lad … known for Hustle and funny vibes.

“2 days ago on Hartley street this same Craig guy drove pass me and say to me fucking black immigrants come in Moston to do business like they own it.. he went ahead to tell me that trailer should have been his and his boys eyes are on it.

“That was 2 days ago.

“This morning I woke up late at about 10am and I went into the post office where the cashier was telling me oh my God what happened to your trailer , I said nothing is wrong with it it’s fine .. the council loves it and I have just fixed it back and bought back tools in it …

“He screen nooooo , it’s burnt down to ashes .. I said no , maybe people burn things beside it

“He said no , I didn’t even mind him because I started laughing.

“So I went to check on £3000 trailer with £2200 worth of equipment Gone in ashes with some things missing … which means it was robbed before burnt.

“This Act of Hate should not be allowed in Moston . This is hateful and sad … All the kids that gets chicken from me , all the street homeless and beggars I give food to Most are not black , I have no colour black or white … I am a community man and should be treated as one , I kept trying to feed myself and shelter my soul .. Someone is hating in Corner.

“I leave this to God , That trailer was God’s gift to me to get out of Hunger . Somebody burn it. #SayNotoRacism

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