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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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Around 20 people involved in mass brawl ‘with knives’ in Piccadilly Gardens

The violence spilled out into the street

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A large group of people were involved in a mass fight ‘with knives’ in Piccadilly Gardens last night.

Around 20 people were caught up in the large brawl on Monday evening, and according to reports some were armed with knives.

The fight took place outside Morrisons on the end of Oldham Street, and happened around 9:30pm.

Witnesses reported seeing some of the suspects carrying knives, although police didn’t recover any from the scene, and busses were forced to stop as the violence spread out onto the road.

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Someone who witnessed the fight said on Twitter: “Piccadilly gardens is the roughest place on earth… a lovely night out helping ruined by a group of young kids kicking each others faces in”.

Officers responded to the incident, but no arrests were made or serious injuries reported.

This incident was the third of serious violence in just a few days.

Saturday afternoon saw another incident outside Morrisons in Piccadilly Gardens, in which a man was slashed in the face.

And on Sunday a brawl involving two tables at Barca bar in Castlefield happened, with some involved arming themselves with weapons like bar furniture and a baseball bat.

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Leading scientists call for end of face masks and social distancing by June

Do you agree?

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Leading scientists have written to the UK government calling for social distancing and face masks to be scrapped from June.

In total 22 scientists have signed the communication, saying that these measures should finish on June 22nd – the same date limits on social contact are set to be scrapped in England.

One of the scientists who has added their name to the letter is Dr Roland Salmon, the former director of the communicable disease centre in Wales.

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Dr Salmon told BBC Radio Wales: “I am not venting my frustration but I do think some dialogue is well overdue.

“I have always felt that there has been little credible evidence benefit for many of the measures that we take.”

According to him, the letter was written to encourage the government to focus on protecting vulnerable people rather than the masses as we move forward.

Dr Salmon said we need to deal with the ‘here and now’ when asked about the threat of variants, going on to add that the vaccine has shown it helps prevent severe disease and death.

He added: “We can’t stop living forever while we wait for things to happen”.

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Scientists who’ve signed the letter include Prof Robert Dingwall from Nottingham Trent University, who sits on the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG). 

There’s also Prof Anthony Brookes, a geneticist and health data scientist at the University of Leicester, and Prof Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at Oxford University.

The letter reads: “We are being told simultaneously that we have successful vaccines and that major restrictions on everyday life must continue indefinitely. Both propositions cannot be true.

“We need to give more weight to the data on the actual success of the vaccines and less to theoretical risks of vaccine escape and/or surge in a largely vaccinated population.”



It continues: “Covid-19 no longer requires exceptional measures of control in everyday life, especially where there have been no evaluations and little credible evidence of benefit.

“Measures to reduce or discourage social interaction are extremely damaging to the mental health of citizens; to the education of children and young people; to people with disabilities; to new entrants to the workforce; and to the spontaneous personal connections from which innovation and enterprise emerge.”

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Boris Johnson is regarded as ‘untrustworthy’ by six out of 10 voters

It follows weeks of allegations against the PM

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According to a new poll Boris Johnson is seen as ‘untrustworthy’ by six out of 10 voters in Britain, with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer seen as more trustworthy.

The poll from Ipsos MORI was shared by the Evening Standard, and comes after weeks of leaks and allegations about sleaze aimed at the prime minister.

The research found that Mr Johnson is trusted by just 35% of voters and deemed untrustworthy by 59%, while Sir Keir is seen as trustworthy by 42% and is untrusted by 41%.

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Gideon Skinner, head of political research at Ipsos MORI, said: “On honesty Boris Johnson is clearly trumped by Keir Starmer, so this is an area of potential risk for him. 

“However, his own supporters still trust him, and the public overall have never seen it as one of his strongest attributes … and as previous leaders such as Tony Blair have shown, you don’t have to be ahead on trust to win elections. 

“The key question is whether and if these stories continue and start to change the public’s overall view on him as PM.”

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The poll was taken following weeks of reports about murky donations being used to refurbish the prime minister’s flat, as well as disclosures about covert lobbying.

However, it was undertaken before the most recent allegations that Mr Johnson said he’d rather see ‘bodies pile high’ than have another lockdown, so those reports won’t have been taken into consideration by those polled.

Despite all the recent controversy, the prime minister and government’s net satisfaction hasn’t changed much since March, with both Mr Johnson (44 satisfied/50 dissatisfied) and Sir Keir (36/46) having net negative ratings.

Ipsos MORI interviewed 1090 adults across the UK by telephone from April 16th to the 22nd – you can find full details here.

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