Happy Sunday! Today’s headlines take a look at what is happening to our neighbors across the pond in the United Kingdom. Ireland cautiously lifting restrictions, A third vaccine approved for use in all of the UK, Scotland questioning tactics in terms of policing young people, Wales both optimistic and weary about reopening, and the dos and don'ts of new covid restriction in England all grace the front page headlines.
The Irish Times, Published in Dublin Ireland
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said the Government would take a “cautious” approach to easing lockdown measures from April 5th in Ireland. Issues such as 5km restrictions at outdoor activity and completing the full return to school after Easter will be looked at. With high pressure on the housing market many would like to see some level of the construction industry open as the industry also employs large percentages of the population. Coveney understands the importance but states the first priority has to be public health and avoiding another wave of the virus.
The Guardian, Published in London, UK
A third coronavirus vaccine will start being administered in the UK next month, joining the Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs already in use. Britain has ordered 17m doses of the Moderna vaccine, which has a 94% efficacy rate in trials. Culture secretary, Oliver Dowden is confident they will be able to meet their target of getting people over-50 vaccinated by 15 April, and all remaining adults vaccinated by the end of July.
The Scotsman, Published in Edinburgh, Scotland
Detention figures obtained via freedom of information legislation show 5,996 children were detained overnight between 2018 and 2020. Many of those held were arrested in connection with minor offences, such as shoplifting. The Children and Young People's Centre for Justice (CYCJ) said the “shocking” practice highlighted “obvious failures” around how children are being treated by Scotland’s criminal justice system. Police Scotland said children were only detained overnight in its custody in “exceptional circumstances,” but admitted the numbers involved were “higher than we would wish.
Wales Online, Published in Cardiff, Wales
First Minister Mark Drakeford has refused to rule out Wales entering another period of lockdown, saying there is still “a job to be done” in the battle against coronavirus. Travel restrictions across Wales were lifted on Saturday allowing people to travel freely across the country for the first time since December when a ‘stay at home’ rule was implemented five days before Christmas due to a surge in cases. Asked directly about the reopening of pubs in Wales and hospitality in general, the First Minister said it could still be some time before people can enjoy their favorite drink inside a public house.
The Sun, Published in London, UK
Kids have already returned to school, with the next phase of Boris Johnson's plan to unlock the UK to begin this week. The rule of six will be re-introduced, allowing six people or less - or two households - to mix outdoors. This means even small gatherings in private gardens will be permitted. Outdoor team sports and activities will be allowed. Tennis and basketball courts will be allowed to reopen. Brits will again be able to start taking place in formally organized outdoor sports events like amateur football leagues. Gyms won't be open until at least April 12. The public will be advised to meet up with friends and family locally however, it will not be illegal to travel to see relatives outdoors further away. Sadly, travel abroad will still not be allowed, other than for a small number of reasons.
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