UK news Cambs pubs, zoos, and schools react to new roadmap out of lockdown last minute news
PremierLeague-News.Com- Justine Hatfield, the landlady of The Flying Pig pub, said: “We have a big outside space so it looks like we’ll be back in business, which will be absolutely amazing."
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Cambridgeshire's teachers, businesses, zoos, and pubs are excited at the prospect of a return to normal - with some anxieties over schools increasing the rate of infection. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that pupils will return to face-to-face teaching from March 8, and people will be able to meet one other person for outdoor recreation from the same day. Every care home resident will be allowed to have one visitor provided they are tested and adhere to social distancing. Groups of six can meet outdoors from March 29 and two households of any number will be able to meet. From April 12, non-essential shops, gyms, and hairdressers will open. Pubs will start to open for outdoor use only too. There will be no requirements to order a substantial meal with it, unlike in previous months. Zoos, theme parks, holiday lets, public libraries, and more will also open. Find the latest coronavirus cases in your area: The vaccination programme has put the "odds in our favour" On June 21 at the earliest, all legal limits on social contact should be removed, including on weddings and nightclubs. “We cannot escape the fact lifting lockdown will result in more cases, more hospitalisations and more deaths,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson, announcing the roadmap in the House of Commons yesterday (Monday). He said there is no credible way to have a zero Covid Britain, but hoped this would be the “one way road to freedom”. He reassured those receiving financial support during the pandemic that the government would not “pull the rug out’’ and will protect jobs and livelihoods in next week’s budget announcement. International travel will continue to be banned until May 17 at the earliest. People will be told to work from home until at least June. CambridgeshireLive email updates: We bring the stories to you Signing up to the CambridgeshireLive newsletter means you'll receive our daily news email. It couldn't be simpler and it takes seconds - simply click here, enter your email address and follow the instructions. You can also enter your address at the top of this page in the box below the picture on most desktop and mobile platforms. Changed your mind? There's an 'unsubscribe' button at the bottom of every newsletter we send out. Mr Johnson said the vaccination programme had “dramatically changed the odds in our favour”. He said: “We must remain alert to the constant mutations of the virus. “Next month we will publish an updated plan for responding to local outbreaks with a range of measures to address variants of concern, including surge PCR testing and enhanced contact tracing. “We can't, I am afraid, rule out re-imposing restrictions at local or regional level if evidence suggests they are necessary to contain or suppress a new variant which escapes the vaccines.” Cambridge’s Labour MP, Daniel Zeichner, said: “People in Cambridge have been waiting a long time for this announcement and it is so important that the government prioritises safety and making sure the NHS can cope. “My worry is the Prime Minister will flip flop once again and bow to the reckless voices on his own side who don’t appreciate the continuing risk we face. “The country really can’t afford any more mistakes. In particular, we are going to need to test, trace and isolate to work in future because it really isn’t working at the moment.” Read More Related Articles Boris Johnson announcement: Full breakdown of key dates as England eases out of lockdown Read More Related Articles How much will my Council Tax rise in April 2021? Search by postcode for your area "It's great to have some kind of idea of timings" Justine Hatfield, the landlady of The Flying Pig pub in Cambridge, said: “We have a big outside space so it looks like we’ll be back in business, which will be absolutely amazing. “The past few months haven’t been much fun, because we’re playing full rent throughout so it’s been a bit devastating financially. “But as soon as we get going again, we can have the music back on and get back to it and back to normality. “From the feedback I’ve had from regulars, they’ve been missing the contact and the support that a community pub like this gives to them, so it’ll be nice to see everyone and to catch up. Justine Hatfield, pub landlady (right).
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. The lockdown happened with so little notice, we had a lot of beer leftover, so it was financially a disaster, but now we can hopefully plan ahead. We’ve got plenty of time to get the pub in some kind of working order.” Roberto Pintus, general manager at The Varsity Hotel and Spa, which has a rooftop terrace, allowing it to reopen, said: “We are pleased that we’ve finally received a confirmed date on when we can expect to reopen and resume our long awaited business, just in time for summer. “We’re really looking forward to welcoming back guests, as well as our staff after all these months closed.” He added: “This confirmed roadmap will now allow us to plan our reopening accordingly, whilst ensuring we have everything in line to offer a safe yet memorable stay at the hotel.” The Easter period is vital for zoos and outdoor recreation Rebecca Willers, director of Shepreth Wildlife Park, said it was great news that zoos would reopen but was disappointed it would be happening so late. She said: “It’s good news to finally have some dates to work towards, but upsetting to see we will miss Easter again this year. “Easter is an essential date in the calendar for bringing in crucial funding. “We hope these dates will remain, and will be busy getting the grounds ready for reopening. We really can’t wait to see our visitors again.”
Rebecca Willers, director of Shepreth Wildlife Park.
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Students should return on a phased basis, not all at once A teacher at a South Cambridgeshire school, who preferred to stay anonymous, said: “This lockdown has been even tougher than the first and our young people are feeling the strain. “We are seeing increased loneliness, mental health issues and anxiety as the weeks have gone by, with students not knowing when they would next return to school. “It is right that the government has finally prioritised opening schools. “This return isn't without challenges however, and in particular the plan for all students to return at once is really concerning. “We have no idea how safe schools actually are, as there has never been a time when schools have been open in isolation from other shops and hospitality. “Therefore, the ‘Big Bang’ approach allows no time to carefully monitor what happens to case numbers. Use our interactive tool below to learn more about the vaccine rollout near you:
“A phased return, as many schools have asked for, would be easier to manage and safer.” Pupils will do a rapid lateral flow test at school on their first day back to determine whether they can go to class and over the next two weeks, they will do two further tests at school every 3 to 5 days, before being allowed to do their next test at home. The teacher added: “For me, the huge failing here is the refusal to vaccinate teachers alongside those in the other priority groups. “As of March 8, schools will be filled with - in some cases - more than 1000 students in an environment that is not built for social distancing. “Vaccinating teachers alongside other priority groups would make this so much safer and ensure schools don't need to close again as teachers risk becoming vectors for transmission.” Niamh Sweeney, National Education Union (NEU) eastern region executive member and a Cambridge teacher, celebrated that masks in classrooms would finally be recommended, but noted there was no recommendation on medical-grade masks. She also expressed concerns that children would return all in one go. She said: “The Prime Minister is not being cautious or careful.” Regarding the testing plans, she continued: “There is no recognition that schools and colleges do not have the personnel to carry out twice weekly tests.
Niamh Sweeney, of the NEU
“How can a school of 600 to 2,500 do that? “Not much has changed since January 4 when the Prime Minister said schools were vectors of transmission. “Until teachers and the age group of primary and secondary parents are vaccinated, they will continue to be. “The parents of primary school children aged under 50 are not likely to get the vaccine until July.”