When schools reopen how will drop-off and pick-up work? – The Sun

WITH some kids set to return to school on Monday many parents are wondering how drop-off and pick-up will work under new social distancing measures.

Here's everything you need to know about schools reopening.


What happens when I drop my kids off on June 1?

Schools have been urged to limit contact between parents and carers who come to drop off and collect their kids from school.

Some schools may choose to limit the number of parents who come to collect their kids, or stagger the times they're picked up – but check with your child's school directly to see what their plan is.

Government guidance also says parents should not be allowed into the school unless absolutely essential.

Government guidance states: "As some young children will not have been attending a setting for a number of weeks and may be feeling anxious, work with parents and carers to consider how best to manage dropping off their children while maintaining physical distancing.

"Avoid the need for parents and carers to wait, but where they have to, consider whether physical distancing markings could be used.

"Consider how you can use technology to communicate with parents and carers digitally, for example when providing handover information at the end of the day."

How will parking work?


In order to find out how parking works at your child's school, check with them directly.

However, since the government advice is to avoid waiting times, it's likely parking for long periods of times should be avoided – static vehicles can cause long queues meaning those on foot could have to stay in proximity for long periods of time.

Will school start and finish times be different?

Since some schools have chosen to stagger drop-offs and pick-ups it might mean the day begins and ends at a different time for some.

However, check with your child's school to be 100 per cent sure.

At one school, classes are split into A and B with class A arriving at 8.30 am and class B slightly later.

How will social distancing work at drop off and pick up?

It's thought most schools have chosen to mark areas of the playground where kids will line up.

The areas will be marked with chalk or tape and parents are asked not to enter these areas.

Ideally, pupils will queue 2 metres apart.

They will also be banned from bringing anything into school or home from school, including their PE kit, school bag and pencil case.

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When will I be able to graduate? – The Sun

THE outbreak of coronavirus has affected a number of sectors including higher education.

Thousands of students who were set to graduate in 2020 have been left wondering whether they will still be able to receive their certificates without attending graduation ceremonies.

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When will I be able to graduate?

As a result of the coronavirus outbreak and the lockdown measures taken to tackle it, several universities have had to either cancel or postpone graduation ceremonies.

Holding ceremonies will mean universities are in break of Government directives which puts a ban on mass gatherings.

Due to this, many institutions have relied on the internet to hold graduations online.

Universities who have cancelled graduations include the University of Oxford and University of Edinburgh, while Imperial College London, University of Westminster and Cambridge have all said it has postponed their events.

There are similar responses among universities across the country with the majority yet to confirm a new date for the postponed occasions.

You will find information of graduation plans on your university website.

If still unsure, you can contact your university for further clarity.

Will I be able to receive my degree certificate without graduating?

With the directive for non-essential businesses to close and people to stay home rather than go to work at the beginning of the lockdown, several university printers who would print certificates had to temporarily close down.

Several universities have expressed uncertainty whether they will be able to provide them with certificates in the summer.

Once available, certificates are expected to be posted to graduating students.

Some universities have offered alternative arrangements when it comes to issuing certificates.

For more information about your certificate, it is best to contact your university.

How will social distancing work after lockdown?

Most universities have not indicated exactly when graduation ceremonies will take place.

However, if they do take place in the near future, it is expected institutions will have to comply with Public Health England guidelines on social distancing.

According to PHE guidelines, individuals who are not from the same household must always ensure there is a gap of two metres between them at all times.

Universities in the Philippines have used robots with the student's face on in virtual graduations.

In the US, outdoor ceremonies have been given the go-ahead in New Jersey with graduands and their parents spaced out from July 6, 2020.

Universities may decide to have ceremonies without any friends or relatives.

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The rules shoppers will have to follow when non-essential shops reopen on June 15, including no trying on clothes

SHOPS will have to introduce tough new social distancing measures, including providing hand sanitiser and ensuring stores are clean, when they reopen from June 15.

Shoppers will also be banned from trying on clothes, make-up and other products in stores in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus, Michael Gove, told BBC Breakfast this morning.

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It follows Boris Johnson declaring yesterday that outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to get back to business from June 1.

Meanwhile, all other non-essential shops are to be allowed to reopen their doors from June 15 to help struggling high streets get back up and running.

This includes shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets.

What measures will shops have to implement?

Businesses will only be able to open from these dates once they have completed a risk assessment in consultation with trade union representatives or workers, and they must ensure they meet the government's Covid-19 health and safety measures.

The government says measures shops should consider include:

  • storing returned items for 72 hours before putting them back out on the shop floor
  • placing protective coverings on large items touched by the public, such as beds or sofas
  • frequent cleaning of objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, including self-checkouts, trolleys, coffee machines and betting terminals
  • putting posters in shop windows explaining the rules

Mr Gove added: “It is appropriate when shops reopen that we have social distancing, we know already that it is possible to sell goods, possible for people to get the goods they need and do so while respecting social distancing.

“It is important we have high quality hygiene, and ensure everything from the provision of hand sanitiser to overnight hygiene is of the highest level.

“We also need to ensure that some of the shopping habits people might have grown used to in the pre-covid days are habits we all exercise a degree of restraint on.

“So when it comes to touching and testing goods, when it comes to trying on clothing, trying on makeup and so on, all of us exercise restraint in not doing that.”

Mr Gove insisted doing so would not only help the nation stay safe, but also boost the economy.

He explained: “As these stores reopen, it is a new normal, and will allow us to ensure a wider range of goods and also enable the economy to return to a new normal.

“We also need to make sure our economy is restored to greater health.”

Shops flouting coronavirus guidelines will be punished, Mr Johnson yesterday warned.

Local authorities will be allowed to carry out spot checks and follow up on concerns raised by members of the public.

Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said: "Safety is the fundamental concern for all retailers and they have been working hard to implement the necessary measures to operate safely over the past weeks." 

Lifting lockdown measures

Non-essential shops have been closed since lockdown began on March 23 and only retailers selling essential items such as food and and DIY products have been allowed to remain open.

But the rules have gradually been lifting, with garden centres and homeware stores allowed to reopen this month.

Fast-food chains have also begun reopening for takeaway orders only. They were allowed to remain open during lockdown but many initially shut their doors while they worked out how to operate safely during the epidemic.

But hairdressers, nail bars, beauty salons, and the hospitality sector, remain closed until at least July 4.

While supermarkets have always been allowed to remain open, just today Aldi said it will introduce further health and safety measures.

Start this week, traffic lights will be installed in its 875 stores that will signal when customers can enter based on individual store customer limits.

This is on top of existing measures including protective screens at checkouts, distancing markers on shop floors, sanitisation stations for customers as well as signage to offer clear guidance on how to shop safely.

Aldi stores are also encouraging one customer per trolley where possible, although NHS and blue light workers will continue to get priority access to stores and will be allowed to skip the outside queues.

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Why Houdini Boris will need escape skills for the perils ahead

PLATELL’S PEOPLE: Why Houdini Boris will need escape skills for the perils ahead

Good news at last. Boris Johnson will not face a criminal inquiry over his friendship with pole-dancing IT entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri.

The Prime Minister had accompanied her on overseas business trips while Mayor of London, visited her flat for ‘technology lessons’ — and authorised thousands of pounds for her ‘fact-finding’ work.

Many believed Boris was toast. Another affair they thought — though she’s refused to confirm it — but this was different. It involved public money, the alleged misappropriation of taxpayers’ funds.

Now the Independent Office for Police Conduct has declared there’s nothing to investigate.

True, he still faces an ethics inquiry by the Greater London Authority over his relationship with Arcuri. And that’s something that would finish off many a politician — imagine Sunny Jim Callaghan, for instance, facing questions about ‘intimacy’ with a pole-dancing tech expert. But to Boris it’s nothing, now he’s seen off the criminal inquiry. The Houdini of British politics has survived. Again. He really is extraordinary.

Pictured: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson takes part in the ‘Clap For Our Carers’ initiative in support of the National Health Service (NHS) in Downing Street in London, May 21

That’s not to say life is as rosy as Boris would like it. Yes, he’s got his dream job. But he has lost some of his verve. Hardly surprising since he was in intensive care so recently. He’s not yet back to the man who toured the country with vim and bonhomie before bulldozing his way to victory in the election just months ago.

He’s got a new child to keep him awake all night. He faces a robotic inquisitor at Prime Minister’s Questions in Keir Starmer, and a Labour Party with more zip in its step.

On top of this, we are looking at the worst recession for 300 years and his party’s getting tetchy about his handling of the lockdown. A poll in this newspaper reveals Chancellor Rishi Sunak is the most popular Tory, followed by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. Boris is third.

Sunak and Raab represent the true hawkish spirit of the Conservative Party, and want to get the economy running again. But Boris sometimes seems indecisive, flapping around like a wounded dove.

Who would want to be in his position now? Well Boris, for sure — as a child he said he wanted to be king of the world. But our political Houdini will need all his skills to escape the perils ahead.

A survey reveals that more than half of Londoners say they will race to their local pub the minute they are allowed to open again. Which just proves how much people lie in surveys. By my calculation, the pub-rush will involve 95 per cent of us…

Union boss’s lesson in spite  

Having been caught describing pupils as ‘mucky’, germ-spreading and snotty, Mary Bousted, leader of the teachers union blocking kids returning to school, apologised. ‘I am wrong sometimes. Blunt probably too often (it’s a Northern thing),’ she said.

What an insult to Northerners. Having almost married a Yorkshireman and spent many happy years up North with him, I know the thing they have in common is a desire for their children to get the schooling many of their generation never had.

How dare Ms Bousted deny all kids that fundamental right with her naked Left-wing posturing.

Our hearts go out to Kate

News that ITV presenter Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper is still in hospital, having been there since the end of March, is so saddening.

Especially when we read social media posts from Kate revealing how her heart — and those of their two children — sink ‘every day’, searching for ‘little green shoots of hope that this dreadful disease is easing and that hopefully soon we might all be able to see each other again and hug’.

We wish the same for you Kate, and for your children, and for everyone going though such agony — and that there will come a day when we can all hug again.

Pictured: Kate Garraway with her husband Derek Draper, who is currently in hospital

Receiving news of his knighthood, Captain Tom said: ‘I’d like to thank Her Majesty. I will remain at your service.’ The ex soldier, who’s now 100, will put Queen and country first until the end. Unlike Captain Wales, who served ten years in the Army, then marched off to a life of luxury in a £14 million grace-and-favour Los Angeles mansion with wife Meghan and baby Archie — abandoning Queen and country not far into life’s journey.

I’ve known Anthea Turner a little for a long time and am happy she’s about to marry again after her bankrupt ex, Grant Bovey, ran off with a younger blonde. There is something unconquerable about the former Blue Peter star’s belief in love. A blue badge? No, she deserves a silver one.

Liz still luscious 

I am in awe of Liz Hurley, 54, who posted a picture reclining on a faux fur rug looking simply sensational in a Versace dress she first wore in her early 30s. Two decades on and she can still fit into it! Crikey, after self-isolation in lockdown, eating fast food — all right, junk food — in my Sweaty Betty stretch leggings, I can’t fit into a designer dress I wore two months ago!

Left: Liz Hurley, 54, poses in a dress she first wore in her early 20s. Right: Liz Hurley, pictured at the 1999 CFDA awards in the same dress

She enjoyed eight years as the First Lady married to President Bill Clinton; four years as Secretary of State; she ran for President herself; and she stood by her man after the Monica Lewinsky affair.

A new novel entitled Rodham by the best-selling author Curtis Sittenfeld poses the question: What if Hillary hadn’t married Bill? To which the answer is: Hillary who? 

Corona shout-outs

  • To my pal Kerry who queued in his car for half an hour to get a family pack of KFC on the first day they opened, then dropped it on my doorstep. I am ashamed to say I ate nearly all of it.
  • To Prince Charles for celebrating the nation’s ‘new-found love of gardening’ that has bloomed in lockdown. Like me, Chas is a life-long gardener and I’ve had to make do with last year’s plants as nurseries were shut. Now I can hardly contain my excitement about rooting around in them this weekend.
  • A shout down to the hundreds of people who flocked to my local Hampstead Heath to enjoy the sunshine on Thursday when it reached 82f. No nimbyism here. I don’t begrudge sharing this wooded wilderness and its lakes. I just wish they’d take their dog mess — left in bags — beer cans and pizza boxes home.

Some of the viewers addicted to the teenage TV series Normal People about angst and young love say they need subtitles to understand the Irish accents of the actors, especially that of County Kildare-born hunk Paul Mescal. Oh do get over yourselves. Most of the sensational six-hour series is just adolescent slobbering, kissing and copulating — understandable in any language.

Pop fan’s brave note

Yesterday was the third anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing, which killed 22 mostly young people at a pop concert.

Services were held throughout the city, and the singer Ariana Grande, who was starring at the arena when the bomb went off, said with feeling: ‘Not a day goes past that this doesn’t affect you and all of us still.’

Those words would chime with Freya Lewis, now 17, who lost her best friend Nell Jones in the blast and suffered terrible injuries herself.

‘Nell will forever be with me. I’m at times overwhelmed by grief,’ she says — before adding, with such an uplifting sense of human spirit: ‘But I feel like I’ve had a second chance, I feel more grateful for everything and everyone.

‘My main goal for the rest of my life is to be happy and remember how lucky I am to be here.’    

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When will EastEnders, Emmerdale and Coronation Street run out of episodes?

The coronavirus pandemic has had a knock-on effect on the film and television industry, with many shows and movies suspending production as a result of the current lockdown restrictions.

Among those who shut down production as the outbreak took hold were our favourite soaps, with EastEnders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks all suspending work back in March, and cutting back on their weekly number of episodes to ensure they remained on air.

With the country easing its way out of lockdown many of them are set to resume filming in the coming weeks – but will they have enough episodes left to cover the gap, or could we see the soaps running out of episodes before they have time to make more?

Here’s what we know about whether our soaps might go off the air…


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It’s been reported that EastEnders could be off air some time in June as the number of episodes filmed before lockdown run dry – and a source has confirmed to Metro.co.uk that there will be a period of time when the soap is off air, but has not said when that will be.

The soap was one of the first to suspend production back in mid-March, with the BBC saying at the time: ‘In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, it has been decided that filming on EastEnders will be postponed until further notice.’

They also cut back episodes to two a week – on Monday and Tuesday nights only – in a bid to keep the soap on the air for as long as possible.

It’s likely filming will resume in June, with social distancing and other safety measures put in place, actors giving themselves make-up top-ups on set and scenes potentially taking longer to film as a result.

Coronation Street

Coronation Street suspended production in March as lockdown took hold, with the number of episodes cut back to three a week.

They have previously said that they have enough episodes in the bag to remain on air until July, meaning that if filming does resume in June Corrie may not go off the air at all.

Producer Ian McLeod told Metro.co.uk that coronavirus would feature in future episodes of the soap, saying: ‘Scripts are changing all the time – we have talked a lot about whether Coronation Street would exist in a parallel world or had a coronavirus in it. ‘The Coronation Street we love reflects modern Britain albeit heightened.

‘So to not reference it wouldn’t feel right. It has to exist but people also tune in for escapism and to see dramatic stories and stuff they don’t normally see in their own lives.’


Emmerdale also shut down production in March, cutting back to three episodes a week from its usual five.

ITV have confirmed that the soap could be one of the first to go off the air, saying they will run out of episodes at the end of May – although an exact date has not been confirmed.

ITV boss Kevin Lygo said at the Edinburgh Television Festival – which was held online this year – that they were working to bring the soaps back as soon as possible.

‘They are working really hard now as to how, when, if and when restrictions are lifted a bit, how can we make the soaps in a safe way,’ Lygo explained.

They are being inventive and creative about rejigging storylines, I think we have got to accept there will be no more than two people talking in a room, and looking at ways of shooting where people don’t appear to be six feet apart.

‘We won’t go back in shooting until we are convinced it is safe, we don’t want to put any of our staff, our cast and our crew, at risk.

‘Some people who are in a dangerous zone, by age or health reasons, they won’t be there, I’m sure, for a time.’


Hollyoaks was the last of the soaps to suspend filming, shutting down production towards the end of March.

They’ve cut back to two new episodes a week since then, confirming that they have enough new instalments in the bank to take them through to the end of July – meaning that if filming resumes next month they might also manage to stay on air until new episodes are ready.

In order to fill the gaps between new episodes, fans have been treated to a series of classic Hollyoaks episodes from the archives – with the show set to go much further back in time in the coming weeks.

A source told Metro.co.uk: ‘It was always the intention to run a mix of episodes from across the whole spectrum and every era of Hollyoaks.’

‘We can now confirm that after technical issues, we are able to run the older episodes too and very much plan too – fans are in for a treat and we are currently looking at which of the big episodes from the past we will be airing.’

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The incredible hack that will change how you squeeze lemons forever

Nutritionist reveals incredible hack that will change how you squeeze lemons forever – and all you need is a $2 skewer

  • A Queensland nutritionist discovered how to juice fruit without cutting it
  • She pierced a lemon with a skewer and pushed through to the other side
  • The narrow hole allowed her to quickly squeeze juice without any mess
  • A video of the trick has been viewed 374,000 times since it was shared last week

A nutritionist has discovered an ingenious way to juice a lemon in seconds without cutting it open.

Jacqui Baihn pierced the tip of a lemon with a stainless steel skewer and pushed it through to the other side to create a narrow hole stretching from end to end.

The channel allowed the clinical nutritionist from the Gold Coast, Queensland, to quickly squeeze the juice into a cup without any mess.

Ms Baihn, who specialises in gut and hormone health, filmed the trick and posted the footage on TikTok where it has been viewed by 374,000 people, many incredulous that they had never heard of it before.

Stills from the video show Ms Baihn piercing the tip of a lemon with a stainless steel skewer (left) and squeezing juice through the channel it made (right)

Stainless steel skewers are available from Bunnings for $10.98 per pack of six or $1.83 each, and should be washed and reused just like cutlery.

‘Well okay. Thanks again, TikTok, for teaching me more than my parents ever did,’ New Zealand Playboy model Sarah Harris replied to the video.

‘Isolation has made my life sad but this has genuinely made my day. Life changing!’ another viewer said. 

One woman joked that TikTok has swiftly become a modern ‘university’ where people are learning practical tricks and time-saving recipes more than ever before. 

Others were infuriated by the hours they have wasted cutting and squeezing lemons and scrubbing chopping boards to remove any traces of sharp citrus juice.

A DIY cleaner made from lemon and bi-carb soda will transform your oven door from grimy to gleaming.

The ingredients should be mixed and poured onto the clear glass screen of the oven, rubbed in thoroughly, then wiped clean with a dry microfibre cloth.

The trick works so effectively because of a chemical reaction produced when alkaline bi-carb soda combines with highly acidic lemon juice.

The reaction produces carbon dioxide gas, water and salt which work together to lift stains, eliminating the need for harsh chemicals.

‘Ugh I have made so much Greek food. I have squeezed three bags of lemons by hand without a juicer and now I see this!’ one woman said. 

‘I had no idea about this! I’ve been squeezing lemons so wrong for so long!’ said another. 

Three people recommended heating lemons for a few seconds before squeezing to loosen the pulp and draw out more juice.

‘I put mine in the microwave for 20 seconds to make it juicier,’ one man said. 

The skewering trick can also be used to juice fruit like oranges, limes and pomegranates without cutting the skin.

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Italy will open its borders to European visitors from June 3

Italy will open its borders to European visitors from June 3 in ‘calculated risk’ to save its tourism industry

  • EU nationals will be allowed to enter Italy without any quarantine from June 3
  • Italian PM Giuseppe Conte said Italy had to accept a risk to ‘get started again’
  • There are fears that hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost in tourism sector 
  • Italy yesterday saw fewest deaths since March 9 and fewest cases since March 4 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Italy will re-open its borders on June 3 in a ‘calculated risk’ to rescue its tourism industry after the coronavirus crisis. 

Travel restrictions will be lifted from that date and EU nationals will be allowed to enter the country without going into quarantine. 

Prime minister Giuseppe Conte admitted that the move was a ‘risk’ but said ‘we have to accept it because otherwise we will never get started again’. 

Tourism normally accounts for 13 per cent of Italian GDP, but the country has been under emergency measures for longer than anywhere else in Europe.  

Italy yesterday recorded its fewest daily deaths (145) since March 9 and its fewest new infections (675) since March 4 in the latest sign that the crisis is easing.  

People cycle along a street in Milan yesterday as life starts to return to normal in Italy –  with borders set to be re-opened on June 3 

People gather in Virgiliano Park in Naples yesterday, as Italy takes a major step out of lockdown by re-opening shops and restaurants today 

Shops, bars and restaurants are re-opening today along with churches such as St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, and people no longer need to provide a reason for travel within their own region. 

‘People will be able to go wherever they want – to a shop, to the mountains, to a lake or the seaside,’ Conte announced at the weekend. 

Longer-distance travel will remain restricted until after a national holiday on June 2, in order to stop a spike in infections over the long weekend.

But from June 3, all travel curbs will be lifted and EU travellers will be able to enter Italy without going into quarantine. 

‘We hope to work with the neighbouring countries, those who can travel by car,’ said Gianni Serandrei, the owner of a hotel near St Mark’s Square in Venice. 

Stricter measures could be re-introduced on a regional basis if there is a surge in new cases, Italy’s health ministry said.   

Some €100billion (£89billion) in tourism revenue could be lost as holidaymakers stay away this summer, according to think-tank Nomisma. 

The think-tank says that around 500,000 summer jobs could be at risk this year due to the fallout from the virus. 

Two women wearing masks walk through a shopping gallery in Milan yesterday which has often been completely deserted in recent weeks 

Italy’s national hotel federation said that by April the sector had already shed 106,000 jobs. 

The country’s national tourism agency Enit said it would take three years for the industry to recover to 2019 levels.

The tourism industry is also facing higher costs because buildings will have to be sanitised and beaches supervised to stop people getting too close. 

Possible health measures include apps and booking systems to limit the number of people visiting a beach at any one time.  

Italy’s European neighbours are also urging caution about tourism, with Britons still advised against any non-essential travel. 

Germany, which is a four-hour drive from Italy, is instructing citizens not to travel abroad for tourism until at least June 15. 

Italy is also hoping to encourage domestic tourism, offering vouchers to lower-income families to spend in Italian hotels and campsites. 

The wider Italian economy is facing a severe recession and public debt is expected to spiral to more than 150 per cent of its annual economic output. 

Cyclists and pedestrians on a piazza in Rome yesterday, with Italy hoping to revive its tourism sector by re-opening borders in June 

Italy yesterday announced only 675 new cases of coronavirus, the lowest daily figure since March 4 – six days before the lockdown began. 

The total number of infections rose from 224,760 to 225,435, while the number of people currently sick has fallen below 70,000.  

The daily death toll was 145, the lowest since March 9, bringing the total from 31,763 to 31,908. 

Only 762 people are currently in intensive care, a figure which was higher than 4,000 at the height of the crisis.   

Large public gatherings are still banned, but churches and other places of worship can now re-open along with museums and galleries.   

St Peter’s Basilica was among the churches which re-opened today, although Pope Francis is not expected to greet worshippers inside or in St Peter’s Square. 

‘I share the joy of those communities who can finally reunite as liturgical assemblies, a sign of hope for all society,’ Francis said during a live-streamed prayer. 

Visitors wearing face masks had their temperatures taken before entering the basilica, which has been closed since March 10.  

Gyms, swimming pools and sports centres will reopen on May 25, while theatres and cinemas can reopen from June 15. 

People with virus symptoms will have to remain in isolation and social distancing rules will continue to apply, and people are still advised to wear masks inside or on crowded streets.

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When will sunbed shops reopen in the UK? – The Sun

CORONAVIRUS has closed most businesses down, with Brits forced to adapt to lockdown measures to help fight the virus.

Non-essential businesses and shops – which includes sunbed shops and tanning salons – have been ordered to close as restrictions are lifted in phases. But when will they reopen for business?

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When will sunbed shops reopen?

Similar to supermarkets and pharmacies, people need to keep the recommended 2-metre distance in other shops and outside, while the government advises people to cover their faces in crowded spaces where social distance is not possible.

The UK has announced a three-stage strategy which will see the gradual opening of all businesses and companies that have kept their doors shut since March 23rd this year.

The earliest sunbed shops can serve customers again will be from July 4 onwards.

The government has introduced a 60-page ‘‘Covid-19 recovery strategy’ which indicates that beauty salons and personal care businesses will reopen as part of the country’s stage 3.

The document says: “The ambition at this step is to open at least some of the remaining businesses and premises that have been required to close, including personal care (such as hairdressers and beauty salons) hospitality (such as food service providers, pubs and accommodation), public places (such as places of worship) and leisure facilities (like cinemas).”

How will social distancing at sunbed shops work?

Yes, it’s very likely that there will be new measures once tanning shops reopen.

The government has confirmed that they will announce the next steps and guidelines for businesses in different sectors.

Similar to stores in the food and retail industry, sunbed shops may impose a 2-metre social distance and card payments over cash.

In addition, they may introduce additional hygiene measures and markings in order to keep customers in a safe and clean environment.

It’s very likely that you will have to wait longer until you get appointment once tanning shops reopen.

They may require additional time to clean after each customer and allow a certain number of people to enter their shops at once.

Plus, there have massive queues since hardware stores and garden centres reopened as people rush to get things done they haven’t been able to during the lockdown.

What other businesses are classed as non-essential?

Although the government is encouraging people to return to work if they cannot work from home,non essential businesses and venues are required by law to stay closed to the public.

There will be a phased reopening of establishments in June and July, including restaurants and cafes, other than for takeaway, alongside pubs, cinemas, theatres and nightclubs.

Clothing and electronics stores must stay shut until July at the earliest.

Leisure services, including hair, beauty and nail salons will remain closed, as well as libraries, community centres, and youth centres.

Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, gyms, arcades and soft play facilities.

However, outdoor sports facilities – such as tennis and basketball courts, golf courses and bowling greens – were allowed to reopen from May 13.

Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses for commercial/leisure use, excluding use by those who live in them permanently, those who are unable to return home and critical workers where they need to for work.

Food retailers, food markets, and hardware stores can remain open, while garden centres and certain other retailers have also reopened from May 13.


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Trump will name Moncef Slaoui to lead push for coronavirus vaccine

President Trump on Friday is expected to name a former pharmaceutical executive and an Army general to help develop a coronavirus vaccine during an appearance in the Rose Garden, according to a report.

Moncef Slaoui, a former GlaxoSmithKline executive, will lead “Operation Warp Speed,” the president’s all-out push to develop a vaccine, according to CNBC, citing an administration official.

Slaoui, who will serve in a volunteer capacity, will be assisted by Army Gen. Gustave Perna, commander of United States Army Materiel Command, according to the report.

The president plans to deliver his remarks at noon before taking part in the presentation of the US Space Force flag.

Trump and his aides hope to produce vaccines faster than what many scientists believe is realistic – aiming to have 300 million doses available for distribution by the end of the year, CNBC reported.

“Operation Warp Speed” is operating mostly independently of the White House coronavirus task force, which also is shifting its focus toward the development of a vaccine.

With Post wires

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Robots will patrol tourist hotspots to enforce social distancing

Robots are set to patrol tourist hotspots checking people are obeying social distancing rules under Brussels’ blueprint for the holidays of the future.

The EU Commission released a plan to get travel up and running across the continent yesterday that will see a radical overhaul of summer breaks.

Under it artificial intelligence may be deployed for crowd control, disinfecting public spaces, and to run smart booking systems.

Economy chief Paolo Gentiloni vowed: “Our message is we will have a tourist season this summer even if it’s with security measures and limitations.”

But getting away will be less comfortable with airports to be stripped of benches and tables, and catering scrapped for the foreseeable future.

Passengers will be asked to wear face masks and their movement on board, such as going to the toilet, will be restricted.

Carry on luggage could also be limited and people will be advised to arrive much earlier for flights to keep airports free from crowding.

Online check-in and e-tickets will be prioritized and access to baggage reclaim will be staggered to maintain social distancing.

Hotels will be advised to bring in online booking for slots at facilities like swimming pools and gyms to avoid overcrowding.


Social distancing will also be brought in outdoors at beaches and popular attractions to keep people at least 5 to 6.5-feet apart.

Tourists will be encouraged to download contact tracing apps which would be designed to work right across Europe.

And hotels will be asked to take people’s addresses and phone numbers so that they can be reached if an outbreak is detected.

Health commissioner Stella Kyriakides said: “We know how much European citizens are looking forward to summer and to travel.

“Their huge sacrifices over the past months will make a cautious and gradual reopening possible – for now.

“But deconfinement and tourism will not be risk-free as long as the virus circulates among us.

“We need to maintain vigilance, physical distancing and rigorous health precautions across the whole tourism and transport ecosystem to prevent further outbreaks as much as possible.”

The guidelines are voluntary, with Member States holding the ultimate power over when and how to lift border restrictions and restart travel.

Under them those countries and regions with low infection rates and plenty of spare hospital capacity would be the first to open up again.

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