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'Christmas not going to happen' - Lincoln pub owner

A Lincoln pub owner says Christmas is probably not going to happen as far as the hospitality industry is concerned following the introduction of new coronavirus restrictions.

Drink being served
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Earlier, the Prime Minister set out new restrictions for England, including the closure of hospitality and entertainment venues at 22:00 every night and further rules on face coverings.

Mr Johnson also warned "significantly greater restrictions" could come if necessary.

Responding to the new restrictions, Chris Bulaitis, who owns three pubs in Lincoln, says: "I can't see there's going to be any office parties this year, or good socialising and good celebrations in public houses.

This Christmas is probably not going to happen as far as hospitality, pubs and restaurants are concerned."

Chris BulaitisPub owner

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Twenty schools now affected by coronavirus cases - Council

A total of 20 schools in Lincolnshire are currently affected by coronavirus, the county council has now confirmed.

Classroom and 2m sign
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Andy Fox, Lincolnshire's consultant in public health, says: "As of this morning, Lincolnshire's Health Protection Team is currently working with 20 schools that have had confirmed cases of coronavirus.

"All schools are taking action to limit the potential spread of the virus, with some pupils and staff self-isolating as a precaution," he adds.

Schools with current confirmed cases are:

  • Stamford Endowed Schools (open)
  • Ancaster Primary School (open)
  • Bourne Westfield Primary (open)
  • St John the Baptist Primary School, Spalding (open)
  • Barkston and Syston Primary School (open)
  • Lincoln College (open)
  • Bardney Primary School (open)
  • Sir Robert Pattinson Academy, North Hykeham (open)
  • Cranwell Primary School (closed)
  • Sutton on Sea Primary School (open)
  • Queen Elizabeth High School, Gainsborough (open)
  • Gonerby Hill Foot Primary School (open)
  • Hackthorn Primary School (open)
  • Kesteven and Sleaford High School (open)
  • Lincoln UTC (open)
  • Ellison Boulters Academy, Scothern (open)
  • Ermine Academy, Lincoln (open)
  • Tower Road Academy, Boston (open)
  • William Farr School (open)
  • Our Lady of Lincoln Catholic Primary School (open)

Lincoln Indoor Market hit by burglars

Police are investigating a burglary at the Indoor Market in Lincoln.

Smashed cash register
David Bird

The doors of the building, off City Square, were smashed to gain entry, according to police.

Officers say money and items have been stolen and damage caused inside.

They believe 15 businesses have been affected by the burglary.

No one has been arrested as yet and an appeal is being made by police for witnesses.

I came in to a police cordon around the market. Somebody has broken through the side doors and basically gone into every single stall. My till, for example, was on the floor smashed in pieces and they've taken the money which was only the float. They've done that with all the stalls."

Michael CourtneyTrader, Lincoln Indoor Market

Fishermen can't leave port due to cockle quota restriction

About 200 fishermen in The Wash are currently unable to leave port in their boats due to restrictions put in place by Natural England.

Cockles
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Cockle fishing has been temporarily banned in the area due to the quota being reached early and Natural England says it has to ensure wildlife has sufficient access to food.

Roy Brewster, a veteran fishermen who's worked in The Wash area for over 50 years, and who sits on the committee of the Eastern Association of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities, says the move has caused some frustration.

Normally, the smaller boats in The Wash would stay cockling and some of the bigger boats move on to shrimps. But this year, with there being a ban on cockling so early, everyone is trying to go into the shrimp fishery this year which is being regulated because of coronavirus."

Roy BrewsterIFCA committee member