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Covid 19 pass or negative lateral flow tests required for large sporting events

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Boris Johnson has just announced along with other restrictions that the NHS covid app or a negative lateral flow test will be needed at outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people or any venue with more than 10,000 people with the latest measures being brought in from the 15th December giving 7 days notice.

 

This will affect many arenas and football stadiums in the country, with many sports fans having already purchased season tickets and a percentage of the population unwilling to get vaccinated it is uncertain what refunds and policies will need to be put in place for those who are now unable to attend.

 

Arenas are also in the same boat with many big Christmas shows being placed on with many people having purchased tickets in advance along with Horse racing and the World Darts Championship, which begins at Alexandra Palace on the same day the new restrictions come into force.

 

This is likely to mean a big financial blow for businesses who are still recovering the affects of the lockdowns and the pandemics and likely to frustrate some fans whilst others will appreciate the measures are needed to combat the increase in infections.

 

Boris said; “We will also make the NHS Covid pass mandatory for entry into nightclubs and venues where large crowds gather, including unseated indoor venues with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people and any venue with more than 10,000 people.

 

“The NHS Covid pass can still be obtained with two doses but we will keep this under review as the boosters roll out.

 

“And having taken clinical advice since the emergence of Omicron, a negative lateral flow test will also be sufficient.

 

“As we set out in Plan B, we will give businesses a week’s notice, so this will come into force in a week’s time, helping to keep these events and venues open at full capacity while giving everyone who attends them confidence that those around them have done the responsible thing to minimise risk to others.”

 

Other restictions announced include

 

  • The extension of mandatory face mask wearing to “most public indoor venues”, including theatres and cinemas, from Friday. However, there will be exemptions “where it is not practical”, such as when eating, drinking, exercising or singing
  • The NHS COVID pass, commonly referred to as a vaccine passport, will be made mandatory in a week’s time for nightclubs and venues with large crowds. People will be able to use the pass to show either proof of two vaccine doses or a negative lateral flow test result
  • The introduction of daily tests for people who are contacts of Omicron cases, instead of a period of isolation.

 

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RSPCA Shares Terrifying Reality Of What It’s Like To Be A Dog In A Car On A Hot Day

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Most dog lovers will be aware of not leaving your pet in a car when it’s a hot day. The poor pups can quickly become dehydrated or suffer from heatstroke, even if the windows are left open. In the worst cases, your dog can die.

Following the news of a scorching heatwave hitting the UK tomorrow, an RSPCA staff member opted to lock himself in a car to demonstrate how dogs feel on a hot day.

Chris O’Brien of RSPCA Cymru took a video of himself sitting in his car for 25 minutes outside his Cardiff office to discover what it would feel like to be a dog. The staff member used a digital thermometer and stopwatch to highlight the different stages of conditions within the car and also how he personally felt.

Within five minutes, the temperature had already risen to 35.1C from an initial 23.3C.

Chris said: “I am baking, it is so, so hot in here. I can’t even begin to tell you.

“Obviously I’m sweating a lot.

“Dogs obviously sweat very differently to humans and regulate their body temperature in a very very different way.”

Within the next 10 minutes, the temperature within the car had rocketed up to 43.6C and a struggling Chris noted how his breathing was getting heavier and his heart was beating faster.

At the 15 minute mark, the temperature had doubled to a whopping 48.8C to a further 50C by 17 minutes.

Watch the video below:

 

 

RSPCA campaigns manager Carrie Stones said: “With normality returning to people’s lives this summer in Wales, it’s more important than ever that we spread the word – dogs die in hot cars. Up to 30 million Brits are expected to holiday in the UK in 2022, and many of us will be taking our four-legged friends along – so these reminders will be vital.

“Awareness raising measures like this from the Welsh Government will help save the lives of dogs. We welcome any steps to remind motorists that – not long is too long when a dog is left in a car. Even a quick stop-off at a shop could prove fatal as temperatures escalate.

“If anyone sees a dog in distress in a hot car, they should dial 999 immediately – but we hope, each year, more and more people will get the message about not exposing their dogs to the potentially fatal heat.”

 

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Ginger-haired people offered free cinema tickets to avoid the sun

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Showcase Cinemas are offering ginger-haired people free cinema tickets on Monday and Tuesday so that they can stay protected from the sun.

 

Dubbed SPF (Sun Protecting Flicks), this initiative follows an extreme weather warning issued by the Met Office, with a red heat warning for England between Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th July. Temperatures in large parts of England are expected to reach the high 30s and even 40°C in some.

 

With fair skin and red hair, redheads tend to have an aversion to the sun as they are vulnerable to its rays.

 

Mark Barlow, UK General Manager for Showcase Cinemas said: “While the UK enjoys some much-needed sunny weather, we know how hard some people find the heat.”

 

He continued to add that free entry to cinema screens will be offered to redheads “so they’ll be able to enjoy some of the amazing films on offer in the comfort of our air-conditioned cinema screens and ensure they stay protected from the sun”.

 

See the full terms and conditions here.

 

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Parents could face an electronic tag in new child maintenance enforcements

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The Department for Work and Pensions is considering a new lockdown-style curfew to be imposed on parents who persistently fail to pay child support in the form of an electronic tag that will track their location.

 

This comes as part of a new crackdown in which the DWP are following proposals to retrieve more money owed to the children of separated parents. Their Child Maintenance Service has said that these child support payments are “a crucial weapon in the battle against child poverty,” helping to lift around 140,000 children out of poverty each year.

 

The curfew orders will act as an alternative to, but act alongside, other methods of enforcement already in place such as passport and driving license confiscation or earnings deduction orders. Some non-compliant parents who continually refuse to pay even face prison, but the CMS have recognised this to be costly and further preventing payments.

 

Curfews would be controlled by an electronic monitoring service which would keep track of non-compliant parents in order to make sure that they follow the sanctions placed upon them. The CMS hope that this will act as a “deterrent” by restricting and disrupting the lifestyles of non compliant parents’ lifestyles, “stopping them, for example, from going out for dinner, to the pub or going on holiday.”

 

Failure to comply may lead back to a court referral, which could extend the curfew order or end in the imposition of a prison sentence.

The DWP Lords Minister Baroness Stedman-Scot said: “For low income households, maintenance payments can make all the difference, lifting them out of poverty. We are not afraid to go after those parents who deliberately and repeatedly refuse to pay for their children.”

 

This is one more step towards the CMS gaining full control and powers to make sure children have financial access to the best start in life.

 

These orders are subject to parliamentary approval. Consultations into the proposals began on Saturday and are set to continue until August 12.

 

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