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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.