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The six key lockdown rule changes that come into effect from Saturday

There’s some big changes coming…

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There will be some big changes to lockdown regulations coming into place from this weekend, including the reopening of shops and outdoor attractions.

Today, Boris Johnson announced that single households in England – people living alone and  most single parents – can form a support bubble with another household from this Saturday.

Then from Monday, June 15th, non-essential shops, zoos, safari parks and drive-in cinemas can open,  as long as businesses can meet social distancing and other safety measures.

Here’s the big changes coming to lockdown in England:

1. Zoos & Safari parks can reopen 

Outdoor attractions such as zoos, safari parks and drive-in cinemas have been given the green light to open their doors from June 15th.

The attractions will have to introduce social distancing measures, turn cafes into takeaways and keep indoor exhibitions such as reptile houses closed.

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2. All non-essential shops will reopen 

Non-essential shops including clothing shops and car showrooms will be allowed to reopen if they can comply with social distancing rules. Other non-essential retail shops include: shoe, toy, furniture, book and electronic shops, tailors, auction houses, photography studios, indoor markets and loads more.

3. Places of worship can open for private prayer 

Places of worships can open for private prayer from June 15th. Worship groups, weddings and other services are not yet permitted. Communal prayer is also not yet permitted until July 4th at the earliest.

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4.  Wearing a face covering is compulsory on public transport

From June 15th, anyone using public transport must wear face coverings. All hospital visitors and outpatients must also do the same. Face coverings can be scarves, bandannas or homemade face masks, but medical face masks are limited to hospital staff. 

The government has advised to wash face coverings after every use, and to wear them in any other situation where social distancing cannot be successfully maintained. 

5. Secondary schools can start to reopen

Secondary schools and colleges in England can now provide face-to-face support to Year 10 and Year 12 pupils, as well as 16-19-year-olds who are set to take their exams next year. 

Only a quarter of pupils will be able to attend at any one time. GCSE and A-Levels exams are expected to go ahead as normal next year. 

6. Certain people can form social ‘bubbles’

To combat loneliness, from Saturday single households in England – people living alone and  most single parents – can form a support bubble with another household, and can visit and stay overnight at each others houses.

Essentially, the two households will form a ‘bubble’ and will be able to act like they live together, and not have to follow two-metre distancing. You’ll only be able to choose one household to form the bubble with.

The Prime Minister said tonight: “There are too many people, particularly those who live by themselves who are lonely and struggling with being unable to see friends and family.

“From this weekend we will allow single adult households, living alone, or single parents with children under 18, to form a support bubble with one other household.”

Single people includes anyone who lives alone, as well as single mums or dads with any number of children under 18.

Unfortunately, anyone who is shielding will not be able to form a support bubble at this point.

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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

Do you recognise the vehicle?

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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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