Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic this Thursday night. We will have another update for you on Friday morning.
1. New directions on face coverings in England
Less than 12 hours before face masks became mandatory in stores across England, the government issued new guidelines detailing exactly when and where they should be worn. They will be needed in enclosed spaces, including when shopping for take-out food and drink – although they can be removed once in the seating area. If you want to make sure you’re properly covered, read our how-to guide.
2. Dyson will cut 900 jobs
Vacuum maker Dyson is to cut 600 jobs in the UK and 300 more globally as it grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. The company, run by the UK’s richest man Sir James Dyson, said the crisis had “accelerated changes in consumer behavior” which would require changes in how the business operates. Many of the jobs that will be lost are in customer service and sales.
3. Some companies are still waiting for the green light
Many companies are adjusting to their new normal. Among them are indoor gyms in England, which will reopen from Saturday, much to the delight of those fitness fanatics. But there are plenty of businesses that still haven’t been given the green light – like nightclubs or soft play areas like this one, whose owner says the uncertainty is “devastating.”
4. Scottish shields are allowed out in the pub
People most at risk of coronavirus in Scotland, who have been advised to stay at home and protect themselves, will be allowed to visit shops, pubs and restaurants from Friday. Nicola Sturgeon announced the changes, which precede the suspension of protection guidelines set for August 1, Thursday, as she admitted it had been a “painful journey”. People who protect people can also meet inside a maximum of eight people from up to two households if physical distance is maintained, she said.
5. Sun, sea and technology
If you’re heading to the beach in Dorset, grab your bucket, shovel, and smartphone as an app has been created to help beach goers distance themselves by warning them of the crowds. The software was developed by Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Tourism and covers 15 miles of beaches on the south coast. Thousands of people flocked to the beaches last month after temperatures hit the mid-1920s with a major incident reported at Bournemouth Beach.
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