This Suffolk-based care equipment specialist has created a unique video to thank key workers.

Suffolk MP and former health minister Dr Dan Poulter has welcomed the news that NHS and care workers who are not British citizens will be exempt from a controversial health surcharge.

Passengers could be reluctant to return to trains even after lockdown restrictions are eventually lifted according to a new survey commissioned by the official transport watchdog.

Two new reports have flagged up the importance of nature to people living in towns and the countryside – just as an annual campaign supported by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust is due to start.

The bosses of Greater Anglia and Network Rail in the east have issued a joint statement about the current situation on the region’s trains.

Fine weather and a relaxation of some lockdown rules is expected to tempt some people to go out for a family trip to the coast or countryside this weekend – but what facilities will they find when they get there?

How long will it take retailers to recover from the impact of the lockdown? New figures suggest that shopping habits have changed significantly over the last two months – but will there be any major recovery and if there is, how long will it take.

Restrictions on taking exercise may be easing – but the RSPB’s Minsmere is unlikely to welcome visitors for some time, because the birds and the bees haven’t got their heads around social distancing!

I am a naturally cautious person – and right now I am very concerned about what the subtle changes to lockdown introduced by the government this week will do to the country and to our ability to fight coronavirus, writes Paul Geater.

The government is to retain its furlough scheme until October – but from August there will be changes to bring staff back to work and for employers to share more of the cost of wages.

Face coverings for people visiting shops or using public transport, some children returning to school, some televised sports resuming in June, and the possibility of some bars, restaurants and cinemas opening their doors again in July.

Suffolk is waiting to hear how much it will get from the government to encourage more people to walk or cycle to work as part of a £2bn boost for sustainable transport over the next few weeks.

Could shoppers returning to the heart of Ipswich after lockdown find “one way” pedestrian streets in a bid to promote social distancing?

More trains will be operating on rail routes across the country from Monday week, May 18, but not a full service – and they are likely to continue to be for key workers doing essential jobs only.

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.

The chief executive of Ipswich and Colchester hospitals says coronavirus measures could be around for “several years”, as he called on the public to continue staying home ahead of the expected lockdown easing.

We may still be in the grip of the lockdown and waiting for the Prime Minister to come up with his road map out of the strictest elements of it, but there is no doubt that we are seeing subtle changes in the way it is applied.

Colchester Council has become the first in the area to furlough some of its staff as a result of the coronavirus crisis – but some others are expected to follow its lead over the next few days.

Gardeners across the county will have their green waste collected again from the start of next month - after West Suffolk announced it would be the latest to restart brown bin collections on June 1.

The way we choose to shop in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic could change significantly, according to a survey of our readers.

Suffolk MP Dr Dan Poulter has added his name to an all-party campaign in Westminster calling on the government to support local newspapers and websites’ work to bring communities together during the coronoavirus crisis.

Freight operators feared a glut of containers full of goods could pose major problems for Britain’s logistics industry at the start of the lockdown – with Suffolk at the sharp end of this crisis.

Ipswich MP Tom Hunt has praised Suffolk Police for the “exemplary” way its officers have policed lockdown in the town as figures show crime levels have fallen significantly.

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.

Council officials in Suffolk are looking at how household recycling centres across the county might be able to start operating again later in May – but things would be very different to their previous operation.

Ipswich Market is to return on Friday – but with only a limited number of food stalls and at present it will only operate two days a week.

Government ministers have promised Ipswich MP Tom Hunt that the full force of the law will come down on anyone who spits or coughs at police after he raised concerns about it in parliament.

Some Ipswich market traders are hoping to get back to work at the end of this week – but the move still has to be approved by the council which is responsible for the stalls at the top of Princes Street.

Nearly half the economic activity in south Suffolk has been wiped out by the lockdown, according to new figures showing the impact of the measures to beat coronavirus.

The coronavirus lockdown is set to have a major impact on rail travel – but Greater Anglia managing director Jamie Burles warned it could be months before the new way of working becomes clear for passengers and staff.

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