Coronavirus: Evening update as Williamson warns over September school return
Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this Thursday evening. We'll have another update for you on Friday morning.
1. Williamson stresses importance of September school return
In the first evening Downing Street briefing for more than a week, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson stressed the importance of all children once again attending school in England from September. Earlier, the government published guidance on measures to ensure that return. Speaking alongside Jenny Harries, the deputy chief medical officer for England, Mr Williamson said it was important not to "underestimate the value that our children going back to school brings, not just them but the whole of society". He added: "That is why we cannot sit back and cannot be in a position where we just say children cannot go back to school."
2. New face coverings rule for Scottish shops
Face coverings will become mandatory in shops in Scotland by the end of next week, Nicola Sturgeon announced today. Non-essential shops have already reopened in Scotland, with bars and restaurants due to open up again later this month. The first minister said the 2m physical distancing rule would be eased for some premises when the country enters the next phase of its routemap on 10 July. And she said face coverings would be mandatory in shops from that date.
3. High Street restaurant chains go into administration
As the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic continues, High Street restaurant chains Café Rouge and Bella Italia have now gone into administration. Owners Casual Dining Group said 91 outlets will close immediately and 1,900 of the firm's 6,000 staff will lose their jobs. Administrators Alix Partners are seeking offers for all or parts of the remaining business.
4. PM's father criticised over lockdown Greece trip
PM Boris Johnson's father, Stanley Johnson, has been criticised for travelling to Greece during the coronavirus lockdown. The former Conservative MEP shared a number of pictures on his Instagram account on Wednesday, showing him arriving in Athens and at an airport in a mask. He told the Daily Mail he was in the country "on essential business" to ensure a property he rents out was "Covid-proof" before holidays restart - but has now come under fire for breaking lockdown rules.
5. 'Miracle recovery' Mal Martin welcomed home
In April 2020, Sue Martin told the BBC how her husband Mal had contracted Covid-19 and his chances of survival were almost zero. Three months on, Mal has recovered - and his family recorded the moment he arrived back home, cheered on by his neighbours.
And don't forget...
...mandatory MOTs for vehicles in England, Scotland and Wales are being reintroduced from 1 August. We have five tips to get your car out of lockdown.
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