Wearing face masks on public transport is to become compulsory in England.
The new measures are set to come into play from June 15 in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus as people start to return to work.
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Bristol residents are being encouraged to make their voices heard this weekend by kneeling in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
People across Bristol are being urged to kneel on their doorstop and post a selfie to social media with the hashtags #TakeTheKnee and #BristolTakeTheKnee.
The Bristol Take The Knee initiative offers residents another way to show their support for the global campaign and to stand in solidarity with the movement in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Mayor Marvin Rees said: “I would love to see communities across Bristol taking the knee in support and sharing their pictures across social media.
“The world is watching, and despite the continuing need to maintain social distancing in our fight against Covid-19, we have an opportunity to let the world know Bristol stands against racism, inequality and intolerance.”
Here’s a rundown of some of the news and updates from today:
- The South West has been highlighted as the greatest cause for concern in the UK in terms of the spread of coronavirus.
- People kneeled on College Green in solidarity with those affected by racial injustices around the world.
- There will be no return to “business as usual” as dental practices across England prepare to reopen from Monday.
- UWE Bristol has announced the launch of a digital showcase to exhibit the work of its graduating students across the whole creative sector.
The South West has been highlighted as the greatest cause for concern in the UK in terms of the spread of coronavirus.
New data from the Centre for Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases has broken down the expected rise in cases of coronavirus per region in the UK.
It shows the South West and North West to both have a median R rate of one or above. The South West has the highest projected rate, with a possible increase to 1.29.
The R number is a way of rating a disease’s ability to spread. It’s the number of people that one infected person will pass the virus on to, on average.
If the R rate is higher than one, then the number of cases increases exponentially. Below one, the virus will eventually peter out, as not enough new people are being infected to sustain the outbreak.
Someone’s regretting not employing a proof reader:
A Bristol furlough skills exchange is now live.
The aim is for people in the arts sector who have been furloughed to offer their skills and expertise to organisations, which in turn can request support.
Trinity Garden’s team is working with primary schools and Up Our Street to find ways to reach out to young people who may have limited access to green spaces during lockdown.
With the community garden closed, they have created activity packs filled with simple DIY windowsill gardening ideas and craft activities for families to try at home.
Activities include sowing seeds, making bird feeders, scavenger hunts and more, perfect to activate and challenge young minds.
“As the community are not able to come and visit us in the garden right now we felt it was important now more than ever, to have opportunities to be connecting with nature, however small,” says Claire Goulding, Trinity activities coordinator.
People are kneeling on College Green in solidarity with those affected by racial injustices around the world.
The peaceful demonstration follows the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis.
UWE Bristol is partnering with Rhombus Studio to showcase the work of its graduating students across the whole creative sector.
The Digital Showcase site will feature the work of more than 800 students, ranging from art and animation to photography and moving image.
Jacqueline Butler, head of school of art and design, said: ‘‘The first weekend in June usually marks the private view for the annual UWE Degree Show. Postponing this highly anticipated, celebratory fixture in the creative calendar was one of the hardest decisions we had to make at the start of lockdown. We are determined to support our graduates launch their careers, and the 2020 Digital Showcase aims to do that.
“We’re delighted to be working in collaboration with final-year students on this project and with Rhombus, a leading Bristol-based design studio –founded by UWE Bristol Graphic Design alumni – that fundamentally understands the challenges and the importance of promoting and supporting young creatives.’’
Over the coming weeks, UWE Bristol students and staff will be working together to prepare and curate material for the site, which will be launched in July.
The SS Great Britain team are seeking feedback from the public as they plan how and when to reopen.
There will be no return to “business as usual” as dental practices across England prepare to reopen from Monday.
Barely 15 per cent are in a position to offer a full range of treatment, according to figures from the British Dental Association (BDA), with PPE shortages and a lack of time to prepare largely to blame.
BDA chair Mick Armstrong said: “Anyone expecting dentistry to magically return on Monday will find only a skeleton service.
“Those practices reopening now face fewer patients and higher costs and will struggle to meet demand.
“Dentists returning to work still lack the support offered to our neighbours on the high street, and even clarity on key worker status when it comes to childcare.
“Ministers must change tack if dentistry is going to survive the new normal.”
Good morning and welcome to today’s live blog. These are some of the latest developments:
- A Black Lives Matter took place yesterday afternoon, beginning at Eastville Park and ending on College Green.
- Face masks are to be made compulsory on public transport.
- The Swan in Barton Hill has announced that it will not be reopening after lockdown. Instead, it will become part of the Wellspring Settlement, which will be buying the property this month.
Main photo: Lowie Trevena