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Coronavirus live updates, April 9 2020: warning to stay home over Easter weekend

By bristol247, Wednesday Apr 8, 2020

Bristol’s mayor has urged people to keep following lockdown advice over the bank holiday weekend.

Speaking at a press briefing on Wednesday, Marvin Rees said even if the weather is fine, residents must not be tempted to flout the measures and risk increasing the spread of coronavirus.

The mayor also announced the implementation of the city’s clean air plans will be pushed back in line with government advice in order to aid recovery of businesses and jobs hit by the pandemic.

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Nationally, chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced £750m to help the charity sector continue its vital work.

5.21pm
That’s the end of today’s live blog. Join us again tomorrow morning at 9am.

5.11pm
Here’s a roundup of today’s latest developments:

  • Bristol’s Nightingale Hospital at UWE Bristol is due to open at the end of April.
  • Watershed has cancelled 2020’s Cinema Rediscovered Festival. It will return in July 2021.
  • First West of England will be operating buses over the weekend, but reminds people to only travel when essential to keep everyone safe.
  • Prime minister Boris Johnson’s health “continues to improve” in intensive care.

4.15pm
Police dog Eva checks on Temple Meads station.

3.16pm
Bristol24/7’s small team of journalists are working around the clock to bring you the latest coronavirus updates. Read some of our latest stories online, from when the Bristol Nightingale Hospital will open to the people behind a multi-language video giving out Covid-19 information.

2.05pm
Watershed has cancelled 2020’s Cinema Rediscovered Festival. It will return in July 2021.

1.47pm
First West of England will be operating buses over the weekend, but reminds people to only travel when essential to keep everyone safe.

1.10pm
Prime minister Boris Johnson’s health “continues to improve” in intensive care, says Downing Street.

12.47pm
Karin Smyth, MP for Bristol South, reminding people to clap for key workers tonight at 8pm.

12.01pm
Brunel is following Government guidelines and staying at home, even on his birthday.

11.53am
Caring in Bristol director Ben Richardson has written an open letter to Thangam Debbonaire, Bristol West MP and newly appointed shadow housing secretary on how the coronavirus pandemic has affected the city’s homeless.

11.11am
The first photos of Bristol’s Nightingale Hospital at UWE Bristol have been released. Read the full story here.

Photo: NHS Nightingale Hospital Bristol

10.33am
The Gas Girls are keeping fit at home.

9.09am
Let’s Make Art in south Bristol have been approached by a doctor working on an admission ward for Covid-19 patients at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. She has asked for artworks that can be laminated to cheer up the space and boost morale. Email any moral-boosting artworks to letsmakeartalice@icloud.com and they will print, laminate and send them to the hospital.

8.32am
The number of confirmed cases in Bristol now stands at 234, according to Public Health England.

6.30am
Good morning and welcome to Thursday’s live blog.

Here is the latest news from Bristol and across the UK:

  • Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced £750m to help the charity sector continue its vital work.
  • Implementation of plans to clean up Bristol’s air pollution is being pushed back in order to aid recovery of an economy hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • North Bristol Food Bank has seen an increase in numbers of 316 per cent in one month due to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The much-anticipated Nile Rodgers & CHIC summer concerts have been rescheduled for July 2021.
  • Avon Fire & Rescue bosses have issued a warning after a spate of arson attacks in the region.
  • Premiership Rugby has announced a further postponement of the 2019/20 season.

Main photo by Martin Booth

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