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Ipswich Market is set to start operating three days a week from June 9, with more stalls open.

A fresh attempt to relax night-time restrictions at the Kurdish Community Centre near Ipswich town centre – allowing prayer meetings in the small hours of the morning – is to be made next week.

Ipswich council has furloughed more than 200 staff in a bid to save more than £100,000 in the next three weeks as it works through lockdown.

Brown bin collections of garden waste will resume in Ipswich, Babergh and Mid Suffolk later this month after they were suspended at the start of the lockdown in March because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

Work to restore Ipswich’s Old Post Office building on the Cornhill has had to be suspended during the lockdown – but away from the town centre some new elements are being lovingly created for when contractors can move back on site.

Work to restore the Wilderness Pond in Chantry Park in Ipswich is due to be completed by the end of next week – it has carried on during the lockdown because it was important to ensure it was completed during the early spring.

Ipswich park rangers will enforce strict social distancing rules over Easter amid fears many people could ignore the lockdown in the fine weather – with reports some have even abused staff who have challenged them.

The impact of the coronavirus lockdown on the numbers of people heading into Ipswich town centre has been outlined in new figures.

Youngsters are being given the chance to work with the talent scout who spotted Ed Sheeran as part of a new education programme run by the borough council and its Made in Suffolk exhibition at Christchurch Mansion.

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