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Live Reporting

Rob England and Lauren Potts

All times stated are UK

  1. Signing off for the evening

    Lauren Potts

    BBC News

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    We're coming to the end of England's first day in lockdown, but it's not been all doom and gloom.

    In fact, here's a reminder of some of our more uplifting stories of the day:

    But times are tough and if you're struggling with your mental health, there are ways to help you cope.

    We'll be back with more updates from across the country tomorrow morning.

    Bye for now.

  2. Liverpool FC staff having 'virtual cuppa' with community

    Staff at Liverpool FC have been contacting the local community to "chat on the phone and have a virtual cuppa with them".

    The club said it wanted to "reduce social isolation among older and vulnerable neighbours in the north Liverpool and Kirby areas.

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  3. Boy gets 'drive-by' party for seventh birthday

    Sam Whiteside

    A seven-year-old whose party was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak was instead surprised by a convoy of his friends driving past his window while waving banners and shouting happy birthday.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: 'Drive-by' 7th birthday party held for boy

    Sam Whiteside described the surprise as "cool", saying: "Thank you so much for all of that.”

  4. Ballet teacher giving living room dance classes

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Dancer choreographs way around outbreak

    A former Birmingham Royal Ballet soloist is giving dance lessons from her living room in order to keep her business going.

    Laura Tye decided to go self-employed six months ago but is continuing to keep her students on their toes by teaching online.

    She says it's about "making the most of a difficult situation".

  5. Birdwatching from your window

    The RSPB is encouraging people to use the time they would have spent commuting or on the school run to spot nature from their window.

    From 8:00 to 9:00 the charity is asking people to share sightings on Twitter using the hashtag #BreakfastBirdwatch

    The Self-Isolating Bird Club already has 12.3K followers on Twitter.

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  6. A quiet Canary Wharf reflects lockdown rules

    Canary Wharf

    While some Tube lines were packed with people the day after the UK entered lockdown, a deserted Canary Wharf was barely recognisable.

    Canary Wharf

    Not a single person was seen at the station's entrance when this picture was taken this morning. Meanwhile, a lone person was spotted on a concourse below ground.

    Canary Wharf
  7. 'Can I still get deliveries?' and other questions


    Many of you have written in with lots of great questions about how the lockdown is going to affect your lives.

    We've picked a selection, including, "can you still get an MOT?", "can divorced parents keep seeing their kids in separate homes?" and "will deliveries continue?"

    You can find out more here.

  8. London parks close to quell crowds

    Thomas Mackintosh

    BBC London News

    Hampstead Heath

    Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest are among several parks and green spaces to be closed by the City of London Corporation.

    The City Corporation protects 11,000 acres of green space in the capital including Ashtead Common, Queen's Park and West Ham Park, and more than 200 smaller sites in the Square Mile.

    Following the new government advice, the corporation is closing services across its parks, including visitor centres, children’s playgrounds, swimming and catering facilities and toilets to try to limit the spread of coronavirus.

    It says police will have powers to enforce the rules, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

    It follows Prime Minister Boris Johnson's address to the nation on Monday night where he introduced stricter curbs on life across the UK.

  9. Pub chain donates food to those in need

    Sarah Jenkins

    BBC News

    A pub chain has donated all of its remaining stock to those in need.

    McMullen closed all of its 124 pubs, which are mainly in Hertfordshire, following government orders on Friday.

    Police officers with donated food

    Rather than letting stock go to waste, the pubs donated food to police, NHS workers, firefighters, care homes, homeless shelters, and the elderly.

    While they may not be working as usual, staff have been volunteering in the community by offering to walk dogs or collect shopping for those in need.

    Staff with produce
  10. Everton manager calls fan to wish him well

    Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti rang a life-long Toffees fan to wish him well during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Mark, who has motor neurone disease, was surprised to receive a call from the Italian, who insisted the 52-year-old call him Carlo.

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    Ancelotti tweeted: “It was a pleasure talking to Mark. I wish him and all who are suffering due to the COVID-19 the best. Strength and courage to all. We will also win this match."

    The club's outreach campaign was launched last week to keep contact with fans and provide support to some of the most vulnerable and isolated members of the community.

    It is also organising food parcels, arranging breakfast packs for young children, providing mobile phone credit for people living alone, and helping with gas and electricity bills.

  11. 'Cancelled hair appointment' 999 call to police

    A young blonde woman, head in hands, fed up with her hair as she looks into the mirror

    People have been calling 999 to report that their hair appointment has been cancelled and their dog walker is not available.

    West Mercia Police said it had received several such calls in the wake of Monday's lockdown announcement and asked that the line be kept clear for real emergencies.

    It also asked people to check government websites for the latest information.

  12. What you need to do - a reminder

    Coronavirus advice

    Although most of us are now staying at home and limiting our contact with the outside world, it's important to remember some key advice about how you can keep yourself and others safe.

    A reminder of the key points:

    • Only leave the house for essential shopping, medical help and one form of exercise a day
    • Work from home where possible
    • Stay 2m (6ft 6in) away from people, don't socialise outside your home, and don't gather in more than groups of two
    • Isolate yourself if you feel unwell
    • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds
  13. Neighbours’ notes to thank refuse workers

    Jennifer Meierhans

    BBC News Online

    Residents of Queen's Walk in Stamford, Lincolnshire, stuck notes to their bins thanking refuse workers.

    Bin with a note on it thanking refuse collectors

    Mel Amara-Carnell, 46, said: "I thought 'wouldn't it be nice if I left a note for the bin collectors'? Then I thought 'what if there was a note from everyone on the street?'."

    Mel Amara-Carnell

    You can read how bin collections are changing to stop the spread of coronavirus here.

  14. The view from the window

    Dog at window

    People have been sharing the views from their windows as the country remains mostly stuck indoors on one of the nicest days of the year so far.

    Many of those in lockdown saw their day start with a beautiful sunrise, before it turned into a mild and sunny day.

    Despite having to admire the weather from the safety of our homes, those with rooms with a view have been snapping what they can see for us all to enjoy.

    You can read more here.

    Bird on a roof
  15. Police make spot checks

    Across the country police have been checking people are following government guidance on essential travel.

    The current advice is that travel should only be for one of the following reasons:

    • Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
    • One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
    • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
    • Travelling to and from work, but only where it is absolutely impossible to work from home
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  16. Planning applications 'decided behind closed doors'

    Wakefield County Hall

    Planning applications will be among the items decided behind closed doors over the coming weeks, Wakefield Council bosses have said.

    The authority said urgent business would continue as much as possible, despite the lockdown forcing public meetings to be cancelled, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

    Councillors are waiting for emergency powers to be granted by government to allow virtual meetings, as the law currently states councillors must be in the same room while making decisions.

  17. Drill rapper highlights danger of virus

    Simone Stewart

    BBC News Online

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    Video caption: The drill track which is 'spreading awareness'

    Croydon rapper Psychs has been highlighting the danger posed by coronavirus through his music. His track Spreading has been viewed more then 250,000 times on YouTube.

    He said he wanted to "raise awareness of what's going on, especially in his generation" as he believed not many were taking it seriously.

  18. Pubs holding virus 'lock-ins' risk losing licences

    A drink being poured in the pub

    Pubs that flout government instructions to close during the coronavirus pandemic risk losing their licences, a police chief has warned.

    Lancashire Police said it had been told of pubs holding "lock-ins" despite the government announcing on Friday that licensed premises should shut.

    Derbyshire and South Yorkshire police have received similar reports.

  19. Florist leaves flowers on doorsteps

    Flowers on doorstep

    A florist is sharing its leftover stock by leaving it on people's doorsteps rather than have it go to waste.

    All Occasions in Halesowen, West Midlands, has been dropping bouquets off to nearby residents since the order came from the government to close all non-essential shops.

    Posting on Instagram, the company said: "That's left us with an abundance of fresh flowers and, as we could all do with brightening up right now, we've decided to spread a little joy in our local communities."

  20. Incredulous police deal with barbecue crowd

    Police in Coventry said they had to intervene when more than 20 people were found having a barbecue together.

    New measures have introduced a ban on public gatherings of more than two people.


    Foleshill Police tweeted officers had "unbelievably" had to disperse the large get-together.

    They added: "Please listen to government advice else this will get worse and last longer."