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  1. Covid: Cumbria Chamber of Commerce boss says delay 'is a huge impact'

    The managing director of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce says she thinks more businesses will close as a result of delays to the lifting of lockdown restrictions.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the measures must remain in place until 19 July because of the rapid spread of the Delta variant.

    Suzanne Caldwell says the four-week delay will hit the hospitality industry in the county hard.

    "They've been closed or trading at a lower level for a really long time," she said, "so they've not been earning at all, or much less than usual, so four weeks may sound much less than usual but coming at the end of that, it is a huge impact".

    "Furlough payments are going to start increasing in terms of what businesses have to pay in from July and they'll have to pay rates again and also looming is the debt people have been accumulating too."

    'Closed due to Coronavirus' sign
  2. Covid: Mobile DJ says he is part of 'forgotten industry'

    A Cumbrian mobile DJ says he fears many in the hospitality and wedding entertainment business will not survive.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a four-week delay to the planned easing of lockdown restrictions in England yesterday.

    Wedding venues and planners have told the BBC the government's announcement about unlimited guest numbers being permitted has provided some relief, but they are still deeply worried about the future of their industry.

    The summer months are usually the busiest time of year for Andy Neen, who runs a mobile disco and also owns Cumbria DJ Store in Penrith, which sells, repairs and hires equipment to bands, clubs and festivals. However, he is currently facing a lot of uncertainty.

    Mr Neen said: "I've managed 15 months and I'll survive another four weeks but it's like being back at square one again building up a customer base.

    "If it gets extended again and we miss revenue from August, that might wipe me out.

    "I've had no income basically, well very little, the shop's been closed four times and all my customers work in the same industry, the forgotten industry.

    "It's not just DJ's, it's bands, it's wedding planners and venue dressers - anybody who works alongside us, nobody has been able to work."

    Mobile DJ decks
  3. Weather on the fells: Warm and dry with mostly clear skies

    • Temperature at 3,000ft: Around 5C to 7C (41F to 43F) in the morning, before increasing to 10C to 12C (50F to 54F) later in the afternoon.
    • Winds: A westerly wind, turning south-westerly, gusts reaching up to 35mph later in the day.
    • Cloud: Patches of cloud around in the morning, but mostly clear skies for the rest of the day. Cloud bases will be well above the summits.
    • Weather: A mostly dry and warm day for many. There will be some patches of cloud around in the morning, but this should quickly clear to leave lengthy spells of sunshine for the rest of the day. A few patches of cloud may linger in the northern fells, however.
    • Visibility: Good.
    • UV levels: High.
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    Olly Murs and friends of Caroline Flack have taken part in a trek in her memory.

  5. Covid: Health boss advises people to think twice before travel

    People living in Cumbria have been urged to consider whether they need to take trips out of the county.

    The message comes as cases of the Delta variant continue to rise and a further delay in the easing of lockdown restrictions planned for 21 June is expected to be announced later.

    Many scientists have called for a delay to enable more people to be vaccinated and receive second doses.

    It would also allow more work to be done on whether vaccines are breaking, or simply weakening, the link between infections and hospitalisations.

    Cumbria's Director of Public Health, Colin Cox (pictured below) says people should think twice before travelling to major cities for recreational trips.

    He said: "Do think very hard about whether you need to do these things, obviously if you go to school or college that's one thing, but if you're just taking trips out of Cumbria and into more congested areas for the sake of recreation, then do please think very hard about whether you need to do that."

    Cumbria's public health director, Colin Cox
  6. Covid: Carnegie Theatre looks outside venue for audience

    The people running one of Cumbria's theatres are looking to what they could do without using the auditorium, as government sources tell the BBC most coronavirus rules will remain in place in England for another four weeks after the planned 21 June unlocking.

    It would mean mean capacity limits for sports, pubs, theatres and cinemas will remain, and nightclubs would stay closed.

    The Carnegie Theatre and Arts Centre in Workington has opened to activity clubs, but says it has not been financially viable to bring back the theatre.

    Chairman Lee Martin-White said: "We need to know where our funding is going to come from for the next 5-10 years.

    "We're also looking at what else we can do that doesn't involve the building, in terms of community engagement and getting back in touch with our audience."

    Auditorium of Carnegie theatre
  7. Weather on the fells: A mixed day of cloud and sun with showers

    • Temperature at 3,000ft: Around 7C to 8C (45F to 46F).
    • Winds: A fresh westerly wind will gradually turn north-westerly into the afternoon, with gusts up to 40mph to 45mph.
    • Cloud: Mostly cloudy skies to start the day with cloud bases around 1,300ft to 2,000ft (400m to 600m), with extensive hill fog in places. It will turn sunnier for some time through the late morning but will turn cloudier again in the late afternoon. Cloud bases will be above the summits later.
    • Weather: A cloudy and foggy start with spells of light rain or drizzle, but it should turn dry and sunny for a time as the morning goes on. Through the afternoon, it will become cloudier again but it will remain dry.
    • Visibility: Generally good but poor above the cloud bases in the early morning.
    • UV levels: Moderate, but high during any sunny spells.