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Sainsbury’s won’t ‘challenge customers’ who aren’t wearing a face mask in-store

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Sainsbury’s has issued its latest statement regarding wearing a mask inside stores from Friday. 

From July 24th, it is compulsory to wear a face mask or covering in shops in England, and failure to comply can leave individuals with a fine of up to £100. 

Supermarket staff are not required to comply with the new rules but customers are required to use coverings.

Sainsbury’s took to Twitter to ‘clear up’ its stance on customers wearing face masks in-store from Friday. 

Sainsbury’s wrote on Twitter: “We won’t be challenging customers without a mask when they enter or when they are in store since they may have a reason not to wear a mask.”

Many Twitter users are impressed and the tweet has been retweeted and liked dozens of times by many supportive Sainsbury’s customers.

One user wrote: “Thank you Sainsburys! You will continue to receive my customer” another wrote: “Well done Sainsburys! Very pleased to see this!” 

However other users expressed concerns that face-mask wearing is mandatory and should be encouraged by shops.

One user said: ‘Is this a joke, aren’t they mandatory from 24th. So no customer has to wear one if they don’t want to, and no one will challenge that?” 

Another wrote: “definitely lost a loyal customer there – i’m sure you’re well aware (and possibly even encouraging it) people will be abusing that ‘rule’ to avoid wearing a mask and so shopping in your stores is clearly not safe.”

Face coverings protect others more than the wearer and can reduce the spread of coronavirus by limiting the spread of droplets from coughs, sneezes or speaking.

Some research suggests that face masks can reduce the transmission rate of coronavirus from 17.4% to just 3.1%

Most of the research on face masks concludes that the more people wear face masks the greater the impact will be on reducing transmission rates.

Face masks should therefore fully cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably. 

Individuals should continue to practise good hand hygiene, avoid touching the face and the mask while wearing. 

Face mask-wearing is compulsory on transport and service can be denied if someone refused to wear a face mask. You can also be faced with fines of up to £100. 

Shops and supermarkets are also expected to encourage compliance with the law the government has created and are also able to refuse entry. 

The government is ‘strongly encouraging’ the public to wear a face-covering in ‘other enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult’. 

There are some exemptions including by young children, if you’re travelling with someone who requires lip-reading or to eat and drink. Shop assistants may also ask you to remove your mask for the purpose of age identification. Other exemptions can be seen here

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Boy, 15, arrested after teenage boy stabbed to death outside school

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A teenage boy has been arrested following the murder of a 15-year-old on Wednesday.

The suspect, also 15, was picked up by police after student Khayri McLean was stabbed to death in Huddersfield.

He has now been arrested in connection with the murder.

He’s the second person to be arrested as police investigate Khayri’s death outside his school.

West Yorkshire Police said: “Police investigating the murder of 15-year-old Khayri McLean in Huddersfield have arrested a second youth in connection with the incident.

“The 15-year-old male was arrested yesterday and is currently in custody. A 16-year-old male who was arrested yesterday also remains in custody.

“Officers from West Yorkshire Police’s homicide and major enquiry team (HMET) are continuing to conduct enquiries into the death of Khayri, who died after being stabbed on Woodhouse Hill, Huddersfield, on Wednesday.”

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Kwasi Kwarteng scraps cap on bankers’ bonuses in first mini-budget as Chancellor

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Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng gave his first mini-budget in the House of Commons this morning.

He began by discussing the government’s plan to support people with the cost of energy, including freezing domestic bills at £2,500 and giving out the £400 rebate.

There’s also unit price limits for companies.

Kwarteng said he believes the UK needs a ‘new approach for a new era’ to achieve growth of 2.5%, saying the three important parts of his mini-budget are reforming the economy’s supply side, tax cuts and a responsible approach when it comes to public finances.

As part of this, the Chancellor announced a new bill to overhaul planning restrictions, saying this will ‘unpick the complex patchwork of planning restrictions and EU-derived laws’.

He revealed that benefit claimants will see their benefits reduced if they do not fulfil their job searching commitments.

Kwarteng also confirmed that the cap on bankers’ bonuses will be scrapped, following reports that he would make this one of his first moves.

As well as that, the planned corporation tax increase has been cancelled, and will remain at 19%, with the Chancellor also setting out a series of tax cuts for businesses.

This includes tax cuts for businesses in designated tax sites for 10 years, accelerated tax reliefs for buildings, and no business rates to pay for newly occupied business residences.

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Drag Race UK star Cherry Valentine has died aged 28

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Drag star George Ward, known as Cherry Valentine, has sadly passed away aged 28, it’s been confirmed this morning.

Ward’s family announced the news, describing his death as a ‘profound shock’.

He appeared on series two of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, before going on to front the BBC documentary Gypsy Queen And Proud.

According to his family, Ward – who was raised in Darlington, County Durham as part of the Traveller community – died on Sunday.

He qualified as a mental health nurse back in 2015 before he began his career in drag.

Ward’s family said in a statement: “It is with the most heart-wrenching and deepest sadness to inform you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has tragically passed away.

“This will come as a profound shock to most people and we understand there is no easy way for this to be announced.

“As his family, we are still processing his death and our lives will never be the same.

“We understand how much he is loved and how many lives he has inspired and touched. All we ask is for your patience and your prayers in this time. We love you Georgie.”

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