Video Player Close LONDON, April 12 (Xinhua) -- Non-essential shops, hairdressers and pub gardens are reopening Monday in England as the COVID-19 lockdown further eased. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed the latest progress in the country's tackling of the pandemic but warned that risks remain. Londoners returned to restaurants and pubs in unprecedented numbers on Monday as hospitality venues finally reopened for "Manic Monday" after more than five months of near continuous closure. Bookings at open-air spaces such as roof terraces and gardens were said to be "off the scale" despite the day starting with snow showers and temperatures not forecast to rise above 9 degrees Celsius. Indoor dining is not allowed until May 17. Meanwhile, shoppers queued in the West End of central London from before dawn to enter "non-essential" stores which were opening for the first time since the third coronavirus lockdown began on Jan. 5. "Today is a major step forward in our … [Read more...] about Shops, pub gardens reopen in England as lockdown further eased
The Edinburgh International Festival has announced a return for this summer, with three specially designed pavilions enabling the event to take place with the majority of shows outdoors for the first time in its 74-year history. Live performances will be held at a number of spaces across the Scottish capital, including at pavilions at Edinburgh Park, the University of Edinburgh's Old College Quad, and a third location to be confirmed. Organisers are also working with the Scottish government and other authorities to introduce COVID-19 safety measures including shorter performances with no intervals, physical distancing, regular cleaning, and contactless ticketing. Last year's festival, along with sister events such as the Edinburgh Fringe, was among the many cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. However, these measures mean it can return for 2021, running from 7 to 29 August. While lockdown restrictions may have been lifted by then, organisers of … [Read more...] about Edinburgh International Festival announces outdoor return with special pavilions to host events across city
Font size: A - | A + 0 Our paywall policy: The Slovak Spectator has decided to make all the articles on the special measures, statistics and basic information about the coronavirus available to everyone. If you appreciate our work and would like to support good journalism, please buy our subscription . We believe this is an issue where accurate and fact-based information is important for people to cope. Government has confirmed that several measures will be lifted from April 19, as the country will switch to the dark red tier of its Covid automat alert system. These measures will come into force: All shops and services can reopen . They will have to follow several restrictions, including having only one customer per 15 square metres while customers must show a negative Covid test result no older than 7 days to enter. It will be possible to travel between districts again while travellers must have a negative Covid … [Read more...] about Measures will be lifted from April 19. What will open?
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's federal government will ask parliament for temporary powers to enforce a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, after several regions failed to impose agreed curbs to bring a third wave of the pandemic under control, a government source said. With infections rising rapidly in some areas, Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is pressing for a change to the Infection Protection Act to enable Berlin to enforce restrictions under certain scenarios. According to the draft law presented to the cabinet on Tuesday, a mandatory nationwide "emergency brake" will be introduced if the number of new infections per 100,000 residents in a district or city exceeds 100 for three consecutive days within a week, according to the source. This includes curfews between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., as well as limiting private gatherings to one household plus one other person. All but essential shops will be required to close, while the opening of cultural and recreational facilities … [Read more...] about German government seeks law change to take back pandemic control from states
This story is from The Hill's Changing America publication. Environmentalists are increasingly concerned about the sustainability of Florida’s waterways after the deaths of more than 600 manatees so far this year, three times the average rate. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) Commission first started raising concerns in December when manatees began dying in the Indian River Lagoon Area, one of the most biodiverse estuaries in the Northern Hemisphere and home to nearly one-third of the nation’s manatee population. ADVERTISEMENT The following month, the agency noticed something else strange — a large portion of the manatees rescued from the Indian River Lagoon and down to the waters of Miami were found swimming sideways. According to behavioral ecologist and senior research scientist Monica Ross, that usually indicates a manatee has made contact with a boat or other human-made object. But the manatees encountered by scientists were not … [Read more...] about 600 manatee deaths in Florida raise concerns over sustainable habitat