Work to install social distancing measures on Bristol’s streets and pathways is underway.
Gaol Ferry Bridge, linking Cumberland Road and Coronation Road, is to be closed for two days from today while new measures, including a one-way system, are installed.
Meanwhile, prime minister Boris Johnson has rejected calls for an inquiry into the actions of Dominic Cummings and says it’s time to “move on”.
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That’s all for today’s live blog. See you tomorrow morning.
Here’s a roundup of the latest mews from in and around Bristol:
- RWA announces that the Secret Postcard Auction will take place online this year.
- The University of Bristol has moved all lectures online for the first academic term.
- Bristol mayor Marvin Rees and metro mayor Tim Bowles spoke with the Bristol and West of England Initiative to discuss economic recovery.
- Teachers, unionists and parents held a socially distanced protest at City Hall, against the reopening on work places and schools.
The University of Bristol has moved all lectures online for the first academic term. Face-to-face seminars will still be held.
The university has also delayed the autumn term, which will now begin on October 5. Social distancing measures will be in place in student accommodation and throughout campus, and university fees will remain the same.
Teachers, unionists and parents held a socially distanced protest today at City Hall, protesting against the reopening on work places and schools.
The protest, held today at 12pm, was held in protest of unsafe conditions for children returning to school, saying the National Education Union’s five tests for reopening schools have not been met.
“My son will not be going back to school on Monday, June 1, and I will not being going back to work. Not because I don’t care about children, but precisely because I do care about children, ” says Jenny, a parent of a year six student and primary school teacher.
“I don’t believe it’s safe, for their physical health, or their mental health, and I’m worried about their families too. We need to keep everyone safe, and I can not see the evidence, that we will be safe on June 1.”
Read some of Bristol24/7’s latest coronavirus stories and stay up to date with what is happening throughout the city:
- Darren Jones presses PM to come clean on Cummings
- Charity launches support programme for Bristol artists
- Boston Tea Party to start trial reopening at one Bristol cafe
- Work begins on improving walking and cycling in Bristol
RWA’s Secret Postcard Auction will take place online this year.
The Secret Postcard Auction is a chance to purchase works of art by leading figures from the art world, from as little as £40. This year the even takes place from June 15 to 25 and will be completely virtual.
Artists confirmed for 2020 so far include Harry Hill, Luke Jerram, Nick Park and Martin Parr.
Bristol mayor Marvin Rees and metro mayor Tim Bowles speak with the Bristol and West of England Initiative to discuss economic recovery.
Rising Arts Agency, which is using its Twitter feed to document how Covid-19 is disproportionately affecting people of colour, is also posting commission opportunities for artists.
Trans Pride South West, normally held in November each year, has posted an update about 2020’s event.
“In short, we don’t know what the situation in the UK is going to be in 6 months time,” said the organisers.
“However, we think it is unlikely that we will be able to host in person events as we would usually due to the risk of the Covid-19 pandemic. The safety of everyone who attends our events is our top priority, and we don’t want to host any events that would put anyone at risk.
“We are actively thinking about plans for a digital pride, where our usual events will be hosted online where possible.”
They are asking for anyone with ideas for events to email email@example.com
Kerry McCarthy MP and Thangam Debbonaire MP will hold a roundtable discussion tomorrow, discussing “Bristol-wide ways to support the recovery of our arts, music, and culture as we come out of the coronavirus crisis”.
A discussion for Bristol’s artists, musicians, music venues, and anybody who is involved in the creative sector, well known figures from the city’s creative scene will also be attendance, including Louise Mitchell from Bristol Music Trust, Clare Reddington from Watershed and Marti Burgess from the Bristol @ Night panel.
Find out more and sign up for the event at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bristol-arts-and-music-roundtable-discussion-tickets
Bristol Takeover Online, which happened last Saturday, raised more than £11,500 for independent music venues.
Good morning and welcome to today’s live blog. These are some of the latest developments:
- A new test and trace scheme begins in England this morning. A team of 25,000 contact tracers will text, email or call people who test positive with coronavirus and ask who they have had contact with. Any of those contacts deemed at risk of infection will be told to isolate for 14 days, even if they are not sick.
- The words of city poet, Vanessa Kisuule, have been brought to life in a new film released to mark the Covid-19 pandemic as Bristol begins its journey to recovery.
- Bristol residents are being asked for feedback about how they use and experience their parks and green spaces, and how this might have changed in light of Covid-19.
- Weston General Hospital remains closed to new patients due to a high number of coronavirus cases. Prime minister Boris Johnson yesterday described its closure as a “whack-a-mole” measure.