Coronavirus: Evening update as schools plan to suspend activities and reopen stores


Here are five things you should know about the coronavirus outbreak this Tuesday evening. We will have another update on Wednesday morning.

1. Project to reopen abandoned primary schools

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has confirmed that plans to bring all primary school children in England back to school before the end of the term have been abandoned.

School leaders said the plan had never been a practical possibility, and parents gave a mixed response.

Back to school is handled differently in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and you can read about the different approaches here.

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2. People in Wales should wear face covers

Wearing three-layer face cover in situations where social distancing is not possible is now the recommendation in Wales.

It is not mandatory and is for those who do not have symptoms. If you need to remember, those with symptoms should isolate themselves at home and get tested.

As with most coronavirus problems, advice on face covers differs depending on where you are in the UK – follow the latest guidelines for them here.

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3. Shops can reopen on Mondays

All non-essential stores that were forced to close in March will be able to reopen next Monday (June 15) if they can follow safety guidelines, the secretary said.

Speaking at the government’s daily press conference, Alok Sharma said retailers will have to conduct a coronavirus risk assessment and application notices will be issued if stores reopen without following instructions.

This decision will allow the main streets to “come back to life,” he said.

Other businesses, such as restaurants, pubs and hairdressers, will have to wait.

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4. The vacation rental company will now give refunds

Travel agencies have been warned that they may face legal action if they refuse to reimburse customers whose trips have been canceled due to the pandemic.

The Competition and Markets Authority claims to have processed thousands of complaints. One of the leading independent vacation providers, Vacation Rentals – which includes Hoseasons and – has now promised to reimburse in full.

If you are still hoping for a vacation this summer, find out what your chances are by reading our guide.

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5. End of the League One and League Two season

After a formal club vote, the football seasons of League One and League Two ended early. Both tables will be settled on points per match, while promotion, relegation and play-offs all remain.

The final of the League Two play-offs will take place at Wembley on June 29, but no date has been set for the League One play-offs.

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