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NEWS | Four new cases of Coronavirus confirmed in Herefordshire

Public Health England has confirmed that four new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Herefordshire, taking the total number of positive cases in the county to 753.

Today’s rise of four cases follows a rise yesterday of two cases.

On Monday 6th July, 745 cases had been recorded in the county, meaning that since then, a total of eight cases have been recorded in just three days.

NEWS | Gyms can reopen but you still can’t hug a loved one

Beauty salons, tanning shops and tattooists can reopen in England from Monday, the government has said.

Gyms and indoor swimming pools will be allowed to let customers return later this month.

From 11 July:

  • Outdoor swimming pools can reopen
  • Theatres, opera, dance and music can resume outdoors
  • Club level cricket can return, with other sports following later

From 13 July:

  • Beauticians, tattooists, spas and tanning salons can open, but with restrictions for high-contact treatments

From 25 July:

  • Gyms, fitness centres, indoor pools and dance studios can reopen

What restrictions are still in place?

  • People still can’t hug their loved ones and are expected to maintain social distancing with other groups
  • Nightclubs, and theatres and other indoor venues must remain closed for now

What people could already do before:

  • Visit pubs and restaurants, while observing social distancing
  • Get a haircut
  • Go on holiday in self-contained accommodation or go to a leisure facility, such as a theme park
  • Visit community centres
  • Gather in groups of up to six people in public or private outdoor spaces, as long as social distancing was practised
  • Visit non-essential shops
  • Play sports such as tennis and football with the people that they meet, but only if it is possible to keep a two-metre distance
  • Return to school if they are in reception, Year 1, Year 6 or of nursery age – despite teaching unions expressing serious doubts
  • Meet loved ones if they had been “shielding” from the virus
  • Visit outdoor retail spaces such as outdoor markets and car showrooms where social distancing can be observed
  • Return home from university if it was a permanent move
  • Go to property viewings in person and visit agents for both sales and rentals
  • Invite nannies and childminders to come to their house to look after children, provided good public health measures are adhered to
  • Form a “support bubble” with one other household meeting inside and staying overnight – if they live alone or are a single parent with a child under 18

COMMUNITY | Milo has been busy picking litter in Stoke Lacy

Three year old Milo has been busy clearing litter in all weathers in the Stoke Lacy area of Herefordshire.

He’s done that well, that he’s now started to pick litter in the Burley Gate area and even further away from home.

Milo says the reason that he spends time picking litter is because he doesn’t like seeing it and worries about wildlife getting hurt.

BREAKING | Gyms, indoor pools and leisure centres in England to reopen from 25 July

Gyms, swimming pools and other sports facilities are to be allowed to open their doors once again and this summer’s club cricket season is finally getting under way.

Outdoor swimming pools in England can reopen from 11 July and indoor gyms, swimming pools, dance studios and sports like badminton and volleyball from 25 July.

There will be restrictions on numbers in gyms and pools and people will be encouraged to shower and change at home where possible, though changing rooms will be open.

Beauticians, spas, tattoists, and tanning salons to reopen from Monday 13th July.

NEWS | Could Greggs be set to permanently close its Belmont Road outlet?

Greggs looks set to permanently close its Belmont Road outlet in Hereford.

The news comes after ‘to let’ signs appeared on the unit earlier this week.

The company has two other outlets in Hereford, both in the city centre with one on Broad Street and one on Commercial Street. The Belmont Road outlet is no longer visible on location finder on the Greggs website.

COMMUNITY | Hereford Community Clean Up Group continue to work wonders

The wonderful Hereford Community Clean Up Group have continued their incredible work across Hereford by weeding and tidying the beds on the corner of Union Street and next to the Police Station.

NEWS | Herefordshire Council Statement in response to the Prime Minister’s recent comments about care homes

Herefordshire Council strongly rejects the Prime Minister’s comments that ‘too many care homes didn’t really follow the procedures in the way that they could have’.

Cabinet Member for Adults & Wellbeing, Councillor Pauline Crockett, said:

“Herefordshire has so far experienced the sad loss of 60 people in care homes across the county. Our thoughts are with all those who have lost loved ones, and we continue to do all we can to prevent more people and families from suffering. Care homes and care providers in Herefordshire have responded with the highest level of bravery and professionalism throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and continue to provide the highest quality of care under difficult circumstances. By no means are deaths in care homes a reflection of the quality of care provided by a hard working care sector.

“Herefordshire Council continues to work closely with care homes and providers to provide high volumes of PPE to help keep residents safe and to protect staff. Support for the care sector from government was slow and the guidance offered was confusing and changing almost daily. Shifting the blame this way towards local care providers shows poor judgement. In my view, the response from all of our care providers, including care homes has been nothing short of amazing.”

FOOD & DRINK | Bastion Street Feast Click & Collect event this weekend

Bastion Street Feast is BACK with a Click and Collect event this weekend. (Saturday 11th July)

Just look at the mouth-watering options that are available at this weekends event. Corrr – Food Heaven! 🤪

  • Dicks Smoke House
  • Phata Phat Street Food
  • Leaven Pizza
  • Ted’s Churro’s.

Collection slots are available from 12pm-8.30pm.

BOOK your slot NOW by visiting www.bastionstreetfeast.com

Be quick because these slots fill up FAST!


NEWS | Indoor gyms could reopen as early as next week

Indoor gyms across Herefordshire could be allowed to reopen as early as next weeks, under plans expected to be revealed by the government later today.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said this morning: “We’re very keen to make more progress on all the other sectors that continue to be closed. We hope to be able to make progress on all of those very soon.”

It is thought that there may be further news on swimming pools, nightclubs and theatres as well.

Last week Boris Johnson said: “Next week we will set out a timetable for their reopening, though of course I can only lift those remaining national restrictions as and when it is safe to do so.”

NEWS | BBC to end free TV licenses for over-75s from August

The BBC has announced today that it is to go ahead with a controversial plan to end free TV licences for most over-75s, after a two-month delay because of the coronavirus pandemic.

That means more than three million households will be asked to start paying the £157.50 fee from 1 August.

Only households where someone receives the Pension Credit benefit will still be eligible for a free licence.

The BBC said the new scheme is “the fairest decision”, but the government said it was “deeply frustrating”.

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