Health minister hails responsible behavior after English pubs reopen

October 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgHealth minister Matt Hancock said he was satisified with how the latest step to ease the lockdown had gone and played down individual cases where social distancing guidelines were not respected.”From what I’ve seen, although there’s some pictures to the contrary, very very largely people have acted responsibly,” he told Sky News.”Overall, I’m pleased with what happened yesterday. It was really good to see people out and about, and largely socially distancing.”Britain has been the European country worst hit by the coronavirus and has an official death toll of 44,198. People in England appear to have broadly behaved themselves as pubs reopened this weekend, Britain’s health minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday after the latest step towards a return to normality from the coronavirus lockdown.Thousands of people flocked to pubs, restaurants and bars around England on Saturday as large parts of the hospitality sector reopened for the first time since March.Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged people to “enjoy summer safely” as he bids to tread a narrow path of restoring consumer spending to help battered businesses recover, while avoiding a second wave of COVID-19 infections. The rule changes apply only to England as the devolved nations in the United Kingdom have been setting their own timetables for easing restrictions, with Wales and Scotland easing restrictions more slowly.Police Federation National Chair John Apter questioned whether the idea of staying socially distanced was compatible with excessive alcohol consumption.”What was crystal clear is that drunk people can’t/won’t socially distance,” he said in a tweet after finishing a shift in Southampton, south England.”It was a busy night but the shift managed to cope.”Topics :last_img read more

EPL: Brighton, Palace in local derby

September 22, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Townsend: Eze’s an incredible talent Brighton vs. Crystal Palace Venue: Amex Stadium Kick off: 1:30PMBrighton & Hove Albion take on Crystal Palace at the Amex Stadium in the Premier League early kick off this afternoon, with both sides hoping to earn bragging rights in the A23 derby. The Seagulls have been struggling for form of late and sit just four points clear of the relegation zone, while a win for Palace could see them rise as high as 11th. Without a win since the new year began, Brighton have been in freefall after a positive start under Graham Potter and now find themselves in a relegation scrap. Three consecutive draws have altered the negative momentum somewhat and there would be no better way to end such a run of poor form than with a win over rivals Crystal Palace. Potter’s team have picked up just 13 points since the start of December and with only two wins in that time, and one clean sheet, the former Swansea City boss will need to get his side back to basics. The bulk of Brighton’s poor form has come away from home and bizarrely they are unbeaten in four home matches, although they have only won one of those games. Palace have also been in poor form recently and secured their first win since Boxing Day against Newcastle United last weekend. A Patrick van Aanholt strike just before half-time proved the difference and halted the club’s slow fall towards the drop zone. Roy Hodgson’s team had lost their previous three before last weekend and have struggled in front of goal all season, hitting the net just 24 times in 27 league fixtures. However, with 32 goals conceded they have the fifth best defence in the division and will have been boosted by the imminent return of Mamadou Sakho. The reverse fixture between these two sides ended in a 1-1 draw after Wilfried Zaha ruled out Neal Maupay’s opener at Selhurst Park. Brighton possible XI: Ryan, Schelotto, Dunk, Duffy, Bernardo, Propper, Mooy, Trossard, Gross, March, Maupay. Crystal Palace possible XI: Guaita, Ward, Dann, Cahill, Van Aanholt, Ayew, McCarthy, Milivojevic, McArthur, Zaha, Benteke.Tags: Brighton & Hove AlbionCrystal PalaceGraham Porterlast_img read more