Covid-19 confirmed cases in half of Northern Ireland schools
23/10/2020 | news | uk | 291
There have been 2,030 confirmed Covid cases in schools since the start of term, says the Public Health Agency.
Covid-19: NI retailers spend “over £10m” on safety measures
23/10/2020 | news | uk | 8
Shops bear the cost of in-shop signage, plastic screens and sanitising stations.
Covid in Scotland: Sturgeon to set out five-tier alert system
23/10/2020 | news | uk | 767
It will include a top level of measures more rigorous than those south of the border.
Coronavirus: Financial support for some excluded traders
22/10/2020 | news | uk | 111
Financial help is agreed for some traders without access to Covid support funds.
Covid: NHS Test and Trace needs to improve, PM concedes
22/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,024
Boris Johnson says he shares people's frustrations at the turnaround times for results in England.
Transport for Wales rail services to be nationalised
22/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,125
Ministers step in to "stabilise the network and keep it running" as income plummets due to Covid.
Covid: Older people 'partly to blame' for bar shutdown
22/10/2020 | news | uk | 337
Jason Leitch says an older group in Lanarkshire helped inform the decision to restrict hospitality.
Covid rules: Stoke, Coventry and Slough face tighter restrictions in tier 2
22/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,545
In all of these areas the infection rate is over 100 per 100,000 people, the health secretary says.
Homes evacuated and cars stranded after Aberdeenshire flooding
22/10/2020 | news | uk | 97
The heavy rain also forced the closure of the train line between Inverness and Aberdeen on Thursday afternoon.
Covid: Scots told to prepare for 'digital Christmas'
22/10/2020 | news | uk | 2,856
The idea of people in Scotland having a normal Christmas in 2020 is "fiction", the national clinical director says.
Coronavirus: Derry city centre chief calls for retail closure
22/10/2020 | news | uk | 111
Jim Roddy warns the retail sector is facing a major crisis because of Covid-19 restrictions
Covid in Scotland: NHS dentists' fears of struggle to meet demand
22/10/2020 | news | uk | 57
Strict hygiene requirements including tight-fitting masks will limit patient numbers despite the resumption of NHS treatments.
Covid in Scotland: Licensed trade warns of 'battle' to survive
22/10/2020 | news | uk | 259
Bars and restaurants face an uncertain future after Covid restrictions were extended until 2 November, warn industry leaders.
Climate change: Watchdog's flooding response 'fell short'
22/10/2020 | news | uk | 52
A Natural Resources Wales review found staffing and equipment problems, and missing flood alerts.
Boris Johnson blames London mayor for TfL 'bankruptcy' before Covid-19
21/10/2020 | news | uk | 960
Sadiq Khan has responded to Boris Johnson's allegation by calling the prime minister "a liar".
Coronavirus: Robin Swann says taking no action 'is not an option'
21/10/2020 | news | uk | 523
Robin Swann says the evidence behind Stormont's decisions should "be considered in its totality".
Covid: Greater Manchester given £60m support package
21/10/2020 | news | uk | 2,549
Local leaders requested £90m but lowered their demand to £65m during talks to move into tier three.
Ban on smoking in playgrounds from next March
21/10/2020 | news | uk | 44
A ban on smoking in playgrounds and hospital grounds will come into effect early next year.
Covid in Scotland: Hospitality curbs extended for another week
21/10/2020 | news | uk | 2,148
Restrictions targeted chiefly at bars and restaurants in the central belt will continue until November.
Covid-19: Gyms can reopen in Liverpool City Region
21/10/2020 | news | uk | 831
They were ordered to close when the area was placed into tier three of the coronavirus restrictions.
UK borrowing jumps in September as Covid support continues
21/10/2020 | news | uk | 202
The government borrowed £36bn in September and has scrapped a broad spending review.
Covid: 2021 exam students facing 'difficult situation'
21/10/2020 | news | uk | 117
"Disruption" to education is considered ahead of decisions about next summer's exams, watchdog says.
Covid: Hancock defends 'fair' tier 3 offer for Greater Manchester
21/10/2020 | news | uk | 98
The health secretary says the £60m offer "remains on the table", despite local leaders rejecting it.
Covid: Councils 'face challenging future' after pandemic costs
21/10/2020 | news | uk | 388
The pandemic has cost Wales' 22 councils a combined £325m in extra costs and lost income.
Covid: Greater Manchester to move to tier 3 restrictions from Friday
20/10/2020 | news | uk | 2,663
Boris Johnson says he "regrets" a deal over financial support could not be reached with local leaders.
Covid: Redundancy warning in lockdown appeal to Treasury
20/10/2020 | news | uk | 645
First Minister says the Welsh Government's lockdown could lead to job losses without UK help.
Covid: New year firebreak lockdown 'cannot be ruled out'
20/10/2020 | news | uk | 897
Ministers say they cannot rule out an early 2021 lockdown if Covid-19 spreads quickly at Christmas.
Covid: Greater Manchester facing 'winter of hardship' without support - Burnham
20/10/2020 | news | uk | 2,781
Greater Manchester's mayor says more financial help is needed as the region is set to enter tier three rules.
Flooding: 'Conversation needed' on risk in Wales
20/10/2020 | news | uk | 58
Communities will be asked to think about how to prepare for possible flooding.
Covid in Scotland: Government will 'do everything' to keep schools open
20/10/2020 | news | uk | 909
Scotland's first minister says she will look to keep schools open even if new restrictions are imposed.
Covid: Call to cut VAT for beauty businesses 'to survive'
20/10/2020 | news | uk | 27
There are calls for the beauty sector to have a VAT cut to match the hospitality sector.
Mid Ulster VAT case win may see £50m in rebates for councils
20/10/2020 | news | uk | 8
Mid Ulster District Council's tax tribunal victory could see millions repaid to local authorities.
Heriot wind farm development appeal rejected
20/10/2020 | news | uk | 120
A reporter concludes a proposed wind farm "fails to respect" the character of the Borders landscape.
NHS Lothian staff 'worried' as Covid ward already full
20/10/2020 | news | uk | 568
As admissions rise dramatically at one Scottish hospital, staff are dreading the potential toll of the second wave.
Covid: Wales to go into 'firebreak' lockdown from Friday
19/10/2020 | news | uk | 5,113
People in Wales told to stay home from Friday, with pubs and restaurants ordered to close.
Coronavirus: Almost 1,500 cases recorded in NI schools
19/10/2020 | news | uk | 601
The figures come as NI's schools face a two-week closure aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus.
Covid in Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon plays down row over testing delays
19/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,913
The Scottish government says there have been capacity issues, but the UK government says this is "categorically untrue".
Covid lockdown: Wales poised for decision on circuit-breaker
19/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,134
The Welsh Government is expected to announce its decision on a "firebreak" lockdown later.
Coronavirus: Driving instructors 'forgotten' amid new rules
19/10/2020 | news | uk | 18
The chair of an NI organisation says 1,200 instructors are "wondering how they're going to pay bills".
'Pilot universal basic income and shorter working weeks in Wales'
19/10/2020 | news | uk | 345
A policy influencer says the next Welsh Government should also pilot a universal basic income.
Coronavirus: Pubs and restaurants have closed across Northern Ireland
17/10/2020 | news | uk | 501
There has been criticism of the level of support available to businesses forced to shut.
Travel ban: Can I visit Wales from Covid hotspots?
16/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,186
Rules banning people from entering Wales from coronavirus hotspots in the UK have come into force.
Fortnight Covid 'fire-break' lockdown within days in Wales
16/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,173
Wales faces a two-week stay-at-home "fire-break" lockdown, says First Minister Mark Drakeford.
Covid: Lancashire to move to highest alert level
16/10/2020 | news | uk | 2,392
The move to tier three, after intensive talks, sees pubs and car boot sales closed but gyms stay open.
Covid in Scotland: New face covering rules come into force
16/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,707
People must now cover their face in workplace canteens - but no longer need to if they are getting married.
Covid: Andy Burnham holding the government 'over a barrel', says Raab
16/10/2020 | news | uk | 2,458
Do "the right thing" and accept tougher rules, the foreign secretary urges Greater Manchester's mayor.
Covid: Loss of school trips in pandemic 'has cost £500m'
16/10/2020 | news | uk | 21
There is a campaign for a change in the rules to save the remaining 15,000 jobs in the sector.
Covid: Row over regional rules 'damaging to public health', scientist warns
16/10/2020 | news | uk | 147
Divisions between No 10 and local leaders in England are "very dangerous", a Sage scientist says.
Covid: Circuit-breaker lockdown 'likely for Wales'
15/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,031
Restaurateurs, food businesses and unions call for urgent clarity on the Welsh Government's plans.
Coronavirus: New support scheme announced for NI firms
15/10/2020 | news | uk | 102
The scheme will open next week to help businesses that have to close from Friday night.
Covid alert level: London, Essex, York and other areas moving to Tier 2
15/10/2020 | news | uk | 3,335
Millions of people face more restrictions from Saturday, including a ban on households mixing indoors.
Italy and Vatican City added to UK quarantine list
15/10/2020 | news | uk | 10
Travellers from Italy must self-isolate for 14 days as of Sunday, the government says.
Coronavirus: New restrictions are 'too little, too late' - BMA
15/10/2020 | news | uk | 194
Its chairman says this is the first time NI's British Medical Association has disagreed with Stormont.
Covid: Wales travel ban plan 'risks division'
15/10/2020 | news | uk | 243
UK government minister demands 'urgent clarification' over plans to bar travel from hotspots.
Covid in Scotland: No 'return to normal' when pubs reopen
15/10/2020 | news | uk | 2,407
Nicola Sturgeon says the expiry of existing rules on 26 October will not signal a return to complete normality.
Brexit: Time 'desperately short' to clarify Irish sea border arrangements
15/10/2020 | news | uk | 21
There is still nowhere on Anglesey to hold any lorries unable to board a ferry at Holyhead.
Covid-19: Talks continue over new restrictions for parts of England
15/10/2020 | news | uk | 148
Greater Manchester and Lancashire are among the areas that could be placed under "very high alert".
Covid: Wales to ban people coming from UK hotspots
14/10/2020 | news | uk | 2,844
People from areas with high coronavirus rates will be banned from travelling to Wales from Friday.
Covid-19: Boris Johnson defends regional curbs but 'rules nothing out'
14/10/2020 | news | uk | 4,499
England's new three-tier system can both control the virus and prevent economic harm, Boris Johnson says.
Covid in Scotland: Fears over speed of test results
14/10/2020 | news | uk | 499
Doctors have called for the testing programme to be "re-examined" amid fears over the impact of delays on the NHS.
Covid: Circuit breaker preparations under way in Wales
14/10/2020 | news | uk | 616
But an expert says the move would be "doomed to failure" and bring "cost without benefit".
Covid: Decision on restricting travel to Wales 'in next few days'
14/10/2020 | news | uk | 43
The health minister says it would be a protective measure and aimed at the whole of the UK.
London's bridges 'are the capital's embarrassment'
14/10/2020 | news | uk | 127
Hammersmith, Vauxhall and London Bridge have all been shut lately for repairs.
Coronavirus: Covid spike warning if schools and pubs stay open
13/10/2020 | news | uk | 467
NI's leaders hold late-night talks on tightening restrictions but there will be no announcements.
Covid-19: Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer calls for circuit breaker
13/10/2020 | news | uk | 592
Sir Keir Starmer says the government has lost control of coronavirus, as daily deaths rise to 143.
Covid: Health secretary defends three-tier strategy
13/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,582
Another 143 deaths are reported as ministers defend rules after criticism expert advice was ignored.
Covid: Local leaders react to the three-tier system
13/10/2020 | news | uk | 350
Some are resisting higher alert levels, while others are calling for them to be introduced urgently.
Unemployment rate in Wales rises sharply to 3.8%
13/10/2020 | news | uk | 272
15,000 more people were looking for work between June and August than the preceding three months.
Covid: Sage scientists called for short lockdown weeks ago
13/10/2020 | news | uk | 2,515
The government took "robust action" at the time, such as the rule of six, a cabinet minister says.
Scotland's unemployment rate remains steady over summer
13/10/2020 | news | uk | 743
The Scottish government says the figures do not reflect the "full impact" of Covid-19 on employment.
Coronavirus: NI unemployment rate in biggest quarterly rise since 2012
13/10/2020 | news | uk | 77
Almost 2,000 people were made redundant in Northern Ireland in the past three months.
Care home Covid visiting restrictions relaxed
12/10/2020 | news | uk | 127
Visitors can now stay for up to four hours, and residents and visitors can touch again.
Covid: Threat of England hotspot travel ban to Wales
12/10/2020 | news | uk | 876
The first minister says he is giving Boris Johnson a final opportunity to impose curbs before he acts.
Covid in Wales: Second national lockdown considered
12/10/2020 | news | uk | 693
There are fears Covid cases could be back to April levels soon, as more restrictions are discussed.
Coronavirus: NI measures 'should last four to six weeks'
12/10/2020 | news | uk | 425
An executive meeting is brought forward to tomorrow as health officials urge tougher restrictions.
Covid in Scotland: Sturgeon to draw up 'three-tier' lockdown system
12/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,224
An alert system aligned as" closely as possible" to other parts of the UK will be introduced in Scotland.
Coronavirus: Ulster Bank survey suggests rise in trade but layoffs continue
12/10/2020 | news | uk | 2
An Ulster Bank survey says business picked up from July to September but many firms still cut jobs.
War of the Worlds: Cameras roll as actors wear face masks
12/10/2020 | news | uk | 19
Shooting of War of the Worlds and other dramas restarts in Wales as actors adapt to a new normal.
Covid: Children can leave Wales' lockdown areas for sport
09/10/2020 | news | uk | 218
More than 8,000 people signed a petition calling for it to be a "reasonable excuse".
Two-thirds pay at firms told to shut over Covid
09/10/2020 | news | uk | 2,320
The chancellor says his Job Support Scheme "expansion" comes ahead of "what may be a difficult winter".
NI records more than 1,000 new Covid-19 cases
09/10/2020 | news | uk | 205
The coronavirus situation is becoming graver by the hour, Health Minister Robin Swann warns.
Restaurants 'cannot turn themselves into cafes'
09/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,196
The first minister draws the definition of cafes "very tightly" to reduce the number of places people can meet.
Coronavirus: NI councils' job fears after furlough scheme ends
09/10/2020 | news | uk | 70
It remains unclear if councils can use the scheme replacing the furlough system after October.
Extra police patrols as pubs prepare to shut
09/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,058
Police Scotland says "highly visible" patrols will ensure pubs and restaurants close at 18:00.
Minimum fine for Covid law breach to rise to £200
08/10/2020 | news | uk | 273
The wearing of mandatory face masks is also being extended to other settings.
Covid: MPs call for more clarity on local lockdowns
08/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,977
Pubs and restaurants in worst-hit areas could close next week in an effort to stall rising infection rates.
Coronavirus: Nottingham has highest Covid infection rate in UK
08/10/2020 | news | uk | 881
Data shows the infection rate is 689.1 per 100,000, with restrictions yet to be imposed in the city.
Covid-19: New restrictions to be announced for parts of England 'within days' - Jenrick
08/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,943
Minister Robert Jenrick did not rule out closing pubs and restaurants in the worst-affected areas.
Coronavirus: Derry and Strabane infection rate continues to rise
08/10/2020 | news | uk | 108
Nottingham overtakes Derry City and Strabane, but the northwest's infection rate rises.
New Covid shutdown 'would devastate' hospitality
08/10/2020 | news | uk | 19
Bar and restaurant owners fear they will struggle to survive a second phase of lockdown closures.
Concern over Covid transmission in Wales' pubs
08/10/2020 | news | uk | 466
It follows a spike of 33 cases linked to a workingmen's club and another venue in a village.
NI economic output falls to 'all time low'
08/10/2020 | news | uk | 65
The construction sector reported its biggest ever drop in output, falling 30% in the second quarter.
New pub rules 'will cost thousands of jobs'
08/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,391
Industry leaders warn new Covid restrictions could sound the "death knell" for many pubs and restaurants.
Covid-19: London local lockdown 'unlikely this week'
08/10/2020 | news | uk | 56
The capital's mayor says infection rates remain lower than other UK cities.
Covid-19: Councils get millions of pounds for marshals
08/10/2020 | news | uk | 493
Marshals will advise people of virus rules while police forces share £30m to help with enforcement.
Leicester lockdown: 100 days of extra restrictions in city
07/10/2020 | news | uk | 12
Family and friends have been prevented from meeting at home in the city since March.
Covid in Scotland: Tighter restrictions on Scottish pubs expected
07/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,309
The new rules are likely to be focused on licensed premises in areas with higher levels of the virus.
Wales' top doctor warns of difficult winter
07/10/2020 | news | uk | 185
Frank Atherton says further restrictions cannot be ruled out as cases rise.
Coronavirus: NI circuit breaker 'only viable' with Treasury support
07/10/2020 | news | uk | 166
NI's Economy Minister Diane Dodds warns that more measures to tackle coronavirus will affect jobs.
East London burst pipe leaves homes without water
07/10/2020 | news | uk | 40
Panic buying of bottled water is reported following the burst in Hackney Marshes in London.
Covid-proofed events and coin for NI centenary
07/10/2020 | news | uk | 62
Events are planned for NI, Great Britain and further afield, while a special coin is also proposed.
Coronavirus: Thousands of learner drivers face long test delays
07/10/2020 | news | uk | 10
Months of delays are due to the cancellation of tests during the pandemic, officials say.
Equality Commission call for affordable, quality childcare for all
07/10/2020 | news | uk | 1
The Equality Commission says there is increasing demand, but a dwindling pool of childcare providers.
Coronavirus: Manchester universities move teaching online
06/10/2020 | news | uk | 41
The move in Manchester comes after hundreds of students in the city tested positive for coronavirus.
Tourism and hospitality in 'circuit breaker' fears
06/10/2020 | news | uk | 924
Industry leaders warn that some businesses may never reopen if further lockdown restrictions are introduced.
Coronavirus: Nottingham mixing ban 'likely' after spike
06/10/2020 | news | uk | 361
Restrictions similar to those in northern England could be announced later this week.
Covid in Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon 'not proposing return to full lockdown'
06/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,152
The first minister will announce new restrictions on Wednesday - but says it will not be a return to full lockdown.
Coronavirus: Call for surgery beds to be ring-fenced for second wave
06/10/2020 | news | uk | 4
Surgeons say a "tsunami of cancellations" must be avoided during a second wave of Covid-19.
Routine surgery lists have increased six-fold
06/10/2020 | news | uk | 142
One surgeon warns people could be waiting three years for knee and hip replacements in Wales.
Doctors' letter of concern about rising Covid cases
06/10/2020 | news | uk | 71
Senior doctors sign open letter urging the public to reduce social interaction.
Welsh councils hit for £325m during pandemic
06/10/2020 | news | uk | 38
The spending watchdog says councils face millions in increased costs and lost income.
Coronavirus: Almost 400 QUB students and staff self-isolating
06/10/2020 | news | uk | 24
There have been 166 positive Covid-19 cases at Queen's University, new figures show.
NI economy 'to contract by 11% in 2020'
06/10/2020 | news | uk | 27
Economic recovery may be held back by rising Covid cases and Brexit transition, bank forecasts.
Train passengers left out of pocket by lockdowns
06/10/2020 | news | uk | 208
Customers are angry at being unable to get refunds for tickets they can't use because of Covid rules.
New Covid-19 rules come into force in north west
05/10/2020 | news | uk | 61
Businesses in the Derry and Strabane Council area call for support as new measures are brought in.
Sturgeon to meet advisers over further restrictions
05/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,526
The first minister warns that fresh measures "may well be needed" in Scotland "in the near future".
'Rolling lockdowns' will become the norm in Wales
05/10/2020 | news | uk | 213
Parts of Wales will move in and out of local lockdowns, suggests Wales' chief medical officer.
Coronavirus: London transport 'will shut without second bailout'
02/10/2020 | news | uk | 274
Transport for London warns Tube and bus services will shut in a "doomsday scenario".
Northern Ireland announces 934 new cases of Covid-19
02/10/2020 | news | uk | 217
Health minister says Belfast Nightingale hospital may need reactivated within weeks.
Johnson: Post-Brexit trade deal 'up to EU'
02/10/2020 | news | uk | 4,251
The PM calls for Brussels to be "commonsensical" ahead of crucial talks with the EU Commission president.
People living alone in lockdown can meet others
02/10/2020 | news | uk | 207
Wales' first minister says people in local lockdown areas can meet one other household indoors.
NI farmers to benefit from extra £8m subsidy
02/10/2020 | news | uk | 7
A redistribution of surplus cash means an average additional £330 for 24,000 farms.
Post-Brexit aid replacement progress 'negligible'
02/10/2020 | news | uk | 140
A former Conservative cabinet member calls UK government progress "simply unacceptable".
Public transport use dropped by 90% in pandemic
02/10/2020 | news | uk | 6
At the height of lockdown Translink saw only 10% of normal passenger numbers.
Poland and Turkey added to UK's quarantine list
01/10/2020 | news | uk | 16
There will also be tougher fines of up to £10,000 for those who fail to self-isolate as required.
01/10/2020 | news | uk | 177
01/10/2020 | news | uk | 191
01/10/2020 | news | uk | 1,382
01/10/2020 | news | uk | 297
30/09/2020 | news | uk | 42
30/09/2020 | news | uk | 180
30/09/2020 | news | uk | 104
PM defends 'strong local' Covid measures
30/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,874
Labour asks how people can be expected to understand and follow rules if the PM himself does not.
'Clarity needed' on GB-NI drugs supply after 2020
30/09/2020 | news | uk | 7
A trade body representing medicine manufacturers says it's unclear what rules they will have to follow.
30/09/2020 | news | uk | 17
30/09/2020 | news | uk | 592
New lockdown rules 'must be explained better'
30/09/2020 | news | uk | 30
North-east councils were left without the detail to back up government's message, a police chief says.
30/09/2020 | news | uk | 12
30/09/2020 | news | uk | 18
I 'misspoke' over North East Covid rules, says PM
29/09/2020 | news | uk | 2,784
Boris Johnson apologises after failing to clarify the detail of new tighter coronavirus restrictions.
Pubs and restaurants must shut in NI at 11pm
29/09/2020 | news | uk | 153
First Minister Arlene Foster says the rule will be enforced and there can be "no exceptions".
Blaenau Gwent one of hardest-hit Covid-19 areas
29/09/2020 | news | uk | 131
The locked-down county has 307.7 positive coronavirus test results for every 100,000 people.
Brexit lorry park for industrial estate rejected
29/09/2020 | news | uk | 20
A request to allow a showground's park-and-ride to be used as a customs HGV facility is thrown out.
North East households mixing ban 'confusing'
29/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,350
People face a maximum £6,400 fine for mixing indoors, but council bosses say more detail is needed.
Potential 2021 election delay divides Senedd
29/09/2020 | news | uk | 51
Parties are split on whether coronavirus could mean a delay to the May 2021 Senedd election.
Why are we looking at the 'R number' in Wales?
29/09/2020 | news | uk | 36
The transmission rate in Wales - and other trends being looked at by experts.
Large drop in cancer referrals during lockdown
29/09/2020 | news | uk | 368
Figures for April to June show 851 fewer people were referred to specialists than the same time last year.
29/09/2020 | news | uk | 61
Tackling coronavirus 'down to every one of us'
29/09/2020 | news | uk | 50
NHS Wales could be "overwhelmed" without quick action to curb rising cases, an eminent doctor says.
29/09/2020 | news | uk | 18
Water-saving loos leaking billions of litres
29/09/2020 | news | uk | 449
Low flush toilets often waste more water than they save due to poor engineering and confusing buttons.
Covid vaccine volunteer 'just wants to play part'
28/09/2020 | news | uk | 13
Anita Yakkundi, from Belfast, is among 350 people enrolled for a major trial due to start by the end of this week.
Wales lockdown: Businesses affected by Covid offered grants
28/09/2020 | news | uk | 399
New grants are being offered to businesses as three more counties are placed under local lockdown measures.
About 100 Queen's students self-isolating in halls
28/09/2020 | news | uk | 77
It comes as 30 people within Queen's University accommodation tested positive for coronavirus.
Covid: Manchester mayor calls for 'urgent review' of 10pm closures
28/09/2020 | news | uk | 3,730
Greater Manchester mayor says the curfew is doing "more harm than good", but ministers defend it.
Brexit: EU says window to resolve NI part of deal rapidly closing
28/09/2020 | news | uk | 127
NI ministers took part in a meeting, which comes as the UK and EU continue talks to reach a trade deal.
Boris Johnson promises to protect 30% of UK's land by 2030
28/09/2020 | news | uk | 582
Countries must act now to reverse biodiversity loss, Boris Johnson tells a UN event.
'Struggling' students told they can return home
28/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,162
Nicola Sturgeon says allowing students to go home for Christmas is a "priority" after new guidance was published.
Covid-19: Up to £10,000 fine for failure to self-isolate in England
28/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,156
Anyone in England who tests positive has a legal duty to self-isolate or face a fine of up to £10,000.
Coronavirus: Support grows for rebel MPs over law
27/09/2020 | news | uk | 128
Labour hints it could back Conservatives trying to increase MP scrutiny over lockdown restrictions.
Number limits placed on pub and restaurant tables
25/09/2020 | news | uk | 77
New laws mean no more than six people from two households will be allowed to sit at the same table.
Three more areas of Wales to go into lockdown
25/09/2020 | news | uk | 584
Two of Wales' biggest cities are included, with 1.5 million people in total now affected.
Covid-19: Leeds household mixing ban confirmed by government
25/09/2020 | news | uk | 469
The ban comes in at midnight after a rise in Covid-19 cases, Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirms.
Covid: Cardiff 'could go into local lockdown'
25/09/2020 | news | uk | 116
City council leader Huw Thomas warns of restrictions on travel and households mixing.
Curfew takes effect for bars and restaurants
25/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,125
The first minister warned that any premises that do not comply risk being shut down completely.
Coronavirus: Working from home 'costs central London £2.3bn'
25/09/2020 | news | uk | 160
More than £500m per month was lost to businesses who rely on office workers, research suggests.
Pubs and restaurants will need to shut at 10.20pm
24/09/2020 | news | uk | 232
Rules in Wales are different to England, where pubs and restaurants must close at 22:00.
Announcement on pubs' curfew postponed
24/09/2020 | news | uk | 112
Stormont ministers are now expected to revisit the matter next week.
Sturgeon calls for stronger UK Covid restrictions
24/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,327
Scotland's first minister writes to Boris Johnson saying further action is needed urgently.
Alcohol-only pubs reopen in Northern Ireland
23/09/2020 | news | uk | 60
But ministers will discuss whether to impose an earlier closing time when they meet on Thursday.
No case to extend lockdowns, first minister says
23/09/2020 | news | uk | 91
New measures to control the spread of covid need to be given a chance to work, Mark Drakeford says.
Brexit: Lorries will need a permit to enter Kent
23/09/2020 | news | uk | 2,168
The government plans to create an internal border to prevent gridlock on the county's motorways.
Scotland records highest number of new virus cases
23/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,214
A further 486 test positive for coronavirus - the biggest single day's number since mass testing began.
Household visits now banned across Scotland
23/09/2020 | news | uk | 384
Exactly six months since Scotland's first lockdown, tougher restrictions apply to every household in the country.
Lockdown surge in cycling continues
23/09/2020 | news | uk | 17
Figures show a 43% increase in cycle journeys between March and August compared to 2019.
Covid restrictions are a wake-up call - Foster
22/09/2020 | news | uk | 8
NI's first and deputy first ministers hold a live televised address as new restrictions are imposed.
Ban on meeting in houses extended across Scotland
22/09/2020 | news | uk | 3,379
Nicola Sturgeon says visiting other people's homes will no longer be allowed as part of efforts to slow the virus.
Pubs in Wales to close at 22:00 from Thursday
22/09/2020 | news | uk | 22
Pubs will be forced to close early every night in a bid to tackle the rising rate of coronavirus.
Foster and O'Neill to follow PM coronavirus update
22/09/2020 | news | uk | 202
The first and deputy first ministers will give a TV address after Boris Johnson on Tuesday evening.
New local restrictions come into force in Wales
22/09/2020 | news | uk | 270
People are not now allowed to enter or leave the six council areas without a reasonable excuse.
New Covid measures come into force
22/09/2020 | news | uk | 86
The restrictions, affecting 4.7m people, ban separate households from meeting in homes and gardens.
Lockdown tourism fear over Elvis Festival visitors
22/09/2020 | news | uk | 62
There are concerns tourists from high Covid-19 level areas in England can still visit Wales.
Work from home 'if you can', says minister
22/09/2020 | news | uk | 229
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove says the message for England is changing as infections surge.
Pubs in England to close at 10pm amid Covid spread
22/09/2020 | news | uk | 139
Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove also says that "if people can work from home they should".
School workers 'should have priority for tests'
22/09/2020 | news | uk | 10
Unions say keeping schools open and properly staffed is a "key priority".
UK Covid-19 alert level raised amid virus warnings
21/09/2020 | news | uk | 151
The move, ahead of a statement from the PM, reflects that transmission is "high or rising exponentially".
Local lockdowns in four more counties in Wales
21/09/2020 | news | uk | 966
Newport, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Blaenau Gwent face new restrictions from 18:00 BST on Tuesday.
Coronavirus restrictions are extended across NI
21/09/2020 | news | uk | 550
In the last seven days, 1,014 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland.
Second Welsh national lockdown 'not imminent'
21/09/2020 | news | uk | 78
Health Minister Vaughan Gething says a second lockdown across Wales is not imminent, but possible.
Covid curbs of six months 'more realistic position'
21/09/2020 | news | uk | 787
Scotland's health secretary warned "difficult decisions" will be needed to combat the spread of coronavirus.
UK at 'critical point', top scientists to warn
21/09/2020 | news | uk | 466
The government's most senior advisers are to hold a televised briefing, as coronavirus cases surge.
'Grave concern' over NI Covid testing system
20/09/2020 | news | uk | 11
The chair of Stormont's health committee says it wants to discuss testing issues with Robin Swann.
18/09/2020 | news | uk | 686
Local restrictions in BT60 set to come into force
18/09/2020 | news | uk | 74
New restrictions to be imposed in County Armagh as MLA reveals he has tested positive for the virus.
18/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,970
18/09/2020 | news | uk | 283
18/09/2020 | news | uk | 353
Coronavirus: Test demand 'significantly outstripping' capacity
17/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,393
The number of under-17s seeking Covid-19 tests has doubled, the head of NHS Test and Trace tells MPs.
Coronavirus: Rhondda Cynon Taf and Caerphilly death spike warning
17/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,559
Public health official warns older people are being infected in Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Drink-only pubs in NI set to reopen next week
17/09/2020 | news | uk | 165
The executive also says localised Covid-19 rules will be implemented in BT60 in County Armagh.
More than 100 people told to isolate by tracing app
17/09/2020 | news | uk | 403
The alerts were issued after more than 300 app users had a positive coronavirus test result.
Care homes in England to get £546m extra funding
17/09/2020 | news | uk | 288
The money will help to reduce the transmission of coronavirus during the winter, ministers say.
Almost a tenth of pupils did not attend first week
17/09/2020 | news | uk | 11
Department of Education figures show 91.6% of pupils attended in the week beginning 7 September.
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods: Anger, hate and the politics of the planter
17/09/2020 | news | uk | 363
It is difficult to remember transport schemes attracting such vitriol as Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.
PM: Speak to rule-breakers before calling police
17/09/2020 | news | uk | 521
Boris Johnson says he is not a fan of "sneak culture" over his new rule banning gatherings larger than six.
Coronavirus: Rhondda Cynon Taf to go into lockdown
16/09/2020 | news | uk | 752
No-one can leave or enter Rhondda Cynon Taf without reasonable excuse from Thursday evening.
Eat out scheme drives inflation to five-year low
16/09/2020 | news | uk | 880
The UK inflation rate fell sharply to 0.2% as Eat Out to Help Out scheme pushed down restaurant prices.
More mobile testing units pledged for Covid hotspots
16/09/2020 | news | uk | 40
Problems getting tests have become "a point of real frustration for people", the health minister says.
Coronavirus: Testing problems to be solved in weeks, says Hancock
15/09/2020 | news | uk | 2,226
The health secretary says testing policy will be updated to prioritise the most urgent cases.
Call for mini lockdowns as coronavirus cases mount
15/09/2020 | news | uk | 84
Plaid Cymru's request came ahead of an NHS plan on how to deal with coronavirus in the winter.
Coronavirus: Nicola Sturgeon 'hopeful' virus results backlog will be resolved
15/09/2020 | news | uk | 958
Nicola Sturgeon says she has had "constructive" talks with the UK health secretary over the issue.
What is yet to open in NI under Covid regulations?
15/09/2020 | news | uk | 13
What is still not allowed under Northern Ireland's Covid regulations?
Coronavirus: Families 'mingling' would be breaking rule of six - home secretary
15/09/2020 | news | uk | 3,855
Even stopping to talk in the street could breach the rules, the home secretary says.
Coronavirus: GPs prepare for a cold and flu season 'like no other'
15/09/2020 | news | uk | 36
Telephone appointments have replaced crowded waiting rooms as cold and flu season begins.
Unemployment in Wales: Slight rise to 3.1%
15/09/2020 | news | uk | 56
The figures for May to July suggest there were 2,000 fewer jobs than the same time last year.
Youth unemployment rises as job losses mount
15/09/2020 | news | uk | 63
Figures show that 8.2% of 16-24 year olds are looking for work after a "significant increase".
What is the row over 'internal markets' all about?
15/09/2020 | news | uk | 738
The Scottish and UK governments are gearing up for another constitutional battle over Brexit.
Brexit: Arlene Foster says NI is not EU's plaything
14/09/2020 | news | uk | 740
Arlene Foster makes her comments as MPs back a bill to override part of the Brexit deal relating to NI.
Covid restriction breaches could carry £1,000 fine
14/09/2020 | news | uk | 103
Restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19 affect Belfast, Ballymena and parts of Glenavy, Lisburn and Crumlin.
New rules and lockdowns 'could be too late'
14/09/2020 | news | uk | 217
A consultant warns new rules and lockdowns are "shutting the door after the horse has bolted".
New rules limit social gatherings to six people
14/09/2020 | news | uk | 534
Regulations have come into force restricting groups of more than six people from two households meeting up.
Coronavirus: Nicola Sturgeon seeks 'urgent' talks over testing backlog
14/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,182
Scotland's first minister says she has "very serious concerns" about an apparent delay in processing tests.
Further clashes over work on NI port controls
11/09/2020 | news | uk | 113
The environment minister believes work to expand port controls would be a waste of resources.
Wales' mask rule 'to get ahead of gathering storm'
11/09/2020 | news | uk | 760
People are warned they face "more draconian measures" if they do not follow the new rules.
Lockdown restrictions extended to Lanarkshire
11/09/2020 | news | uk | 683
More than 1.75 million people in the west of Scotland are now covered by the curbs on home visits.
School exams set to be held again next year
11/09/2020 | news | uk | 175
The education secretary tells parents that current plans are to hold a full exam diet in 2021.
NI health official defends new Covid restrictions
11/09/2020 | news | uk | 121
NI's Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride says people should "use their good judgement".
Tory MPs criticise 'rule of six' decision
11/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,293
One ex-minister says it was "outrageous" new rules were made "without consultation" of Parliament.
Covid tracing app downloaded over 600,000 times
11/09/2020 | news | uk | 468
The free app lets people know if they have been in close contact with someone who later tests positive.
Drink-only pubs hope 'third time lucky' to reopen
11/09/2020 | news | uk | 23
Bar owners are hoping they can reopen on 21 September, the new indicative date from Stormont.
Parts of NI to be placed under new restrictions
10/09/2020 | news | uk | 6
Restrictions to curb Covid-19 affect Belfast, Ballymena and parts of Glenavy, Lisburn and Crumlin.
Hospital admissions rise in hotspot areas
10/09/2020 | news | uk | 97
Two health board areas in the south Wales valleys see a rise in Covid-19 hospital admissions.
New rules 'no longer than we have to' - Hancock
10/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,292
The health secretary says England's new rule limiting social gatherings to six people is "vital".
Welsh Parliament 'needs 20-30 more politicians'
10/09/2020 | news | uk | 294
An extra 30 politicians in the Senedd would cost about £12m a year.
Maximum size of gatherings in Scotland cut to six
10/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,451
Plans to reopen theatres and live music venues are pushed back to October after a rise in coronavirus cases.
Concerns over PM's mass virus testing plans
10/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,946
Medical experts raise doubts about plans to have "millions" of coronavirus tests processed every day.
Is home working here to stay?
10/09/2020 | news | uk | 31
A building society boss says the number of office workers might never return to pre-Covid levels.
NI arts sector facing Covid-19 'devastation'
10/09/2020 | news | uk | 15
Organisations warn a multi-million pound support package must arrive soon or venues will close.
Dramatic fall in coronavirus home testing speeds
10/09/2020 | news | uk | 22
Only 8% of home tests in Wales were processed within a day in the final week of August.
'We must act' to prevent second lockdown - PM
09/09/2020 | news | uk | 2,901
Boris Johnson outlines a new "rule of six" on gatherings and details a "moonshot" testing plan.
Worry over positive Covid-19 tests in two counties
09/09/2020 | news | uk | 137
Positive cases in Merthyr Tydfil are not far behind Caerphilly, which has just been locked down.
New Welsh spending powers set to go to UK
09/09/2020 | news | uk | 263
Westminster says it is replacing EU funds but Welsh ministers accuse it of "stealing powers".
Warning over lockdown pub get-togethers
09/09/2020 | news | uk | 120
People living apart are unable to meet inside but pubs remain open in a county under local lockdown.
Covid-19 cases recorded in 64 NI schools
09/09/2020 | news | uk | 72
A total of 88 positive cases have been identified in the first two weeks of the school term.
Scottish outdoor centres face Covid 'catastrophe'
09/09/2020 | news | uk | 279
Centres warn the outdoor education sector in Scotland will be lost forever without government aid.
New affordable homes 'can build pandemic recovery'
09/09/2020 | news | uk | 54
Up to 200,000 new jobs could be created if a target of 50,000 new homes by 2026 is met, charities say
08/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,533
Ministers' concern over 'sharp rise' in Covid cases
08/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,961
The health secretary is among those warning the virus is on the increase, especially amongst the young.
Islanders fear 'economic clearance' over house prices
07/09/2020 | news | uk | 403
Call for action amid claims first-time buyers in the Hebrides and Skye can no longer afford properties there.
Rise in cases may 'put brakes' on lockdown easing
07/09/2020 | news | uk | 882
The first minister says a continued rise in coronavirus cases in Scotland must be taken "really seriously".
NI parties split on plans for new Brexit law
07/09/2020 | news | uk | 98
Parties that were pro-remain urge against changes to the NI Protocol in the Brexit deal.
07/09/2020 | news | uk | 87
07/09/2020 | news | uk | 51
Coronavirus: Leeds becomes 'area of concern'
04/09/2020 | news | uk | 259
A rise in infection rates sees the city added to Public Heath England's coronavirus watchlist.
Brexit: UK 'sleepwalking into disaster' over border plans, hauliers warn
04/09/2020 | news | uk | 6,575
Haulage companies warn supply chains could be "severely disrupted" when the Brexit transition period ends.
'Scotland jumped the gun on Greece quarantine'
04/09/2020 | news | uk | 959
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps also claims adding Portugal to the self-isolation list did not take all data into account.
Wales urged to be 'world leader' in marine energy
04/09/2020 | news | uk | 166
"This is not a time to sit back," says ex-energy minister Lord Hain, urging a post-coronavirus push.
Coronavirus: NI employers are offered apprentice cash support
04/09/2020 | news | uk | 18
Stormont funding will begin when the UK-wide furlough scheme ends in November.
Coronavirus: Executive calls for extension of furlough scheme
03/09/2020 | news | uk | 125
No reopening date for drink-only pubs, but the deputy first minister hopes one will be set next week.
FM warns that virus is spreading again in Scotland
03/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,124
Scotland's first minister warns that the coronavirus transmission rate is on the rise.
Call to ban new roads as part of climate challenge
03/09/2020 | news | uk | 191
A charity wants "deeper and faster" cuts to greenhouse gas emissions in Wales.
'So much demand' for caravans after lockdown
03/09/2020 | news | uk | 22
Caravan dealers and park owners say sales and bookings are up on previous years.
Face masks to be provided for school transport
03/09/2020 | news | uk | 18
Pupils entitled to free school transport will each be given 10 reusable masks.
Greater Manchester lockdown easing U-turn after cases rise
02/09/2020 | news | uk | 2,741
Plans to ease restrictions in Bolton and Trafford are scrapped following a spike in Covid-19 cases.
Transfer tests postponed until January 2021
02/09/2020 | news | uk | 65
Transfer test providers in Northern Ireland have agreed to postpone the assessments by two months.
England under pressure to impose Greece quarantine
02/09/2020 | news | uk | 895
Rising coronavirus cases prompted Scotland and Wales to introduce their own self-isolation rules.
Pub decision defended as new restrictions kick in
02/09/2020 | news | uk | 1,164
John Swinney responds to criticism that pubs will remain open despite a surge in Covid cases in Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Coronavirus: Quarantine restrictions for travellers from Greece
02/09/2020 | news | uk | 49
Ministers say there has been a "significant rise" in Covid cases being brought into Scotland from Greece.
Coronavirus: Stormont response 'has cost at least £2bn'
02/09/2020 | news | uk | 37
The Northern Ireland Audit Office says the final cost to the taxpayer will be much higher.
Exams could be delayed in Wales next year
01/09/2020 | news | uk | 97
Education Minister Kirsty Williams says talks are taking place about 2021's timetable.
Return to schools 'good day for young people'
01/09/2020 | news | uk | 68
Almost all schools in Northern Ireland are opening fully to pupils for the first time since mid-March.
Sturgeon unveils 'youth guarantee' initiative
01/09/2020 | news | uk | 904
Young people will be guaranteed a job, education or formal training under a new Scottish government scheme.
Tens of thousands of pupils absent from school
01/09/2020 | news | uk | 819
More than 100,000 pupils are not in class - mostly for non-Covid reasons, official figures show.
Childcare doubts 'could stop parents' work return'
01/09/2020 | news | uk | 64
Schools are preparing to reopen but uncertainty remains over breakfast clubs and after-school care.
Bank holiday 'fly-camping' and illegal rave warning
28/08/2020 | news | uk | 128
There are concerns Wales' beauty spots will be overwhelmed, with illegal music events also planned.
Campaign to encourage workers back to offices
28/08/2020 | news | uk | 5,083
It follows warnings that city centres could become "ghost towns" if more staff do not return.
Extra 500 bus services to ease school pressures
28/08/2020 | news | uk | 70
Translink says the move will help split pupils and other users to manage the spread of Covid-19.
Coronavirus: Gatwick Airport 'will take five years to recover'
28/08/2020 | news | uk | 69
The company's half-yearly results found earnings before tax and interest to have fallen by 98.3%.
27/08/2020 | news | uk | 26
27/08/2020 | news | uk | 5
Coronavirus: Pandemic driving 'exceptional interest' in Scots homes
27/08/2020 | news | uk | 109
Inquiries are coming from across the UK and as far afield as Hong Kong, say property solicitors.
27/08/2020 | news | uk | 806
More than 300,000 waiting to see consultant in NI
27/08/2020 | news | uk | 12
New waiting list figures underline the serious impact Covid-19 is having on the health service.
Further education qualifications put on hold
27/08/2020 | news | uk | 2
Almost 900 students will not receive qualifications as planned after Covid disrupted their placements.
Many music venues 'could never reopen' after virus
27/08/2020 | news | uk | 30
Venues say the cost of safety measures and slashed capacity means they cannot survive without help.
'Scared' patients urged to get vaccinations
27/08/2020 | news | uk | 44
Health bosses are hoping to reassure patients it is safe to go to GP surgeries to get vaccinations.
26/08/2020 | news | uk | 572
26/08/2020 | news | uk | 159
26/08/2020 | news | uk | 21
Gatwick Airport plans to cut 600 jobs due to coronavirus
26/08/2020 | news | uk | 73
The job losses follow an 80% drop in passenger numbers due to coronavirus, the airport says.
BMW Mini Oxford car plant set for hundreds of job losses
26/08/2020 | news | uk | 336
The number of shifts is to be reduced because of a "substantial" fall in customer demand.
26/08/2020 | news | uk | 88
26/08/2020 | news | uk | 28
Scotland's public spending deficit rises to £15.1bn
26/08/2020 | news | uk | 1,111
The Scottish government figures do not reflect the full economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
26/08/2020 | news | uk | 40
Scots pupils to wear face coverings from 31 August
25/08/2020 | news | uk | 1,657
Students will be asked to use masks in corridors, school buses and communal areas where physical distancing is difficult.
25/08/2020 | news | uk | 114
25/08/2020 | news | uk | 76
Music ban 'kiss of death for restaurant ambience'
25/08/2020 | news | uk | 295
Restaurateurs and hoteliers in Scotland are calling for a ban on background music to be lifted.
'Vitally important' children return to class - PM
24/08/2020 | news | uk | 3,401
Boris Johnson tries to reassure parents that schools are Covid-secure, ahead of term starting.
Coronavirus: More schools ask pupils to wear face coverings
24/08/2020 | news | uk | 115
Overcrowding concerns prompt two high schools in the Highlands to introduce face coverings indoors.
Football and rugby training resumes as rules relax
24/08/2020 | news | uk | 203
Organised outdoor contact sports, live outdoor events and driving lessons are among activities that can begin again.
24/08/2020 | news | uk | 59
Call to extend eviction ban due to coronavirus
24/08/2020 | news | uk | 67
A housing group wants more protection for renters amid claims many are threatened with eviction.
New 'no socialising' rules for parts of North West
21/08/2020 | news | uk | 2,779
Residents of Oldham and parts of Pendle and Blackburn face stricter Covid-19 restrictions.
Small outdoor arts and sport events to be trialled
21/08/2020 | news | uk | 210
The first minister says outdoor theatre, a triathlon and a car rally will be allowed to go ahead.
Stormy sea swimmers labelled 'senseless'
21/08/2020 | news | uk | 172
Harbour master David Richards says such behaviour puts "strain" on the emergency services.
Crossrail needs extra £450m and delayed until 2022
21/08/2020 | news | uk | 794
The project's CEO Mark Wild says the project is in its "complex final stages".
Coronavirus: Covid-19 restrictions 'not about scaremongering'
21/08/2020 | news | uk | 147
Limits on people gathering are needed to challenge "complacency", says Health Minister Robin Swann.
'Real risk' of part-time school openings
21/08/2020 | news | uk | 103
A teaching union is warning there is a "substantial burden" on principals to ensure safe schools.
Wind farm plans step closer despite scenery fear
21/08/2020 | news | uk | 70
Combined with existing turbines, the plans would create one of the largest wind farms in the world.
Leisure centres 'could close' over virus cash hit
21/08/2020 | news | uk | 50
Public facilities including pools need more public money to survive the pandemic, operators warn.
NI avoids worst of Storm Ellen but warnings remain
20/08/2020 | news | uk | 14
Northern Ireland escaped the worst of the storm but southern parts of the island were badly hit.
Coronavirus: What's still closed, and why?
20/08/2020 | news | uk | 345
Despite restrictions easing, some places are still not open. BBC Scotland asks the experts why.
Top GCSE grades rise in NI but BTecs delayed
20/08/2020 | news | uk | 31
Almost nine in every 10 entries were awarded A* to C grades but BTec pupils will have to wait.
GCSEs up as grades done on teacher assessments
20/08/2020 | news | uk | 266
An estimated three-quarters of grades are A* to C, with the number of top grades up nearly 20%.
Nearly 600 people may have caught Covid-19 at work
20/08/2020 | news | uk | 437
The 594 cases reported in Scotland since lockdown includes eight people who died with the virus.
'Three quarters of UK does grocery shopping online'
20/08/2020 | news | uk | 221
The coronavirus crisis has speeded up the shift to online shopping, says Waitrose.
NI health minister warns of new virus restrictions
19/08/2020 | news | uk | 298
Robin Swann says he will suggest limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings to curb a rise in cases.
UK 'not considering' compulsory workplace masks
19/08/2020 | news | uk | 1,550
The government is not looking at following France in enforcing office coverings, Matt Hancock says.
Coronavirus: Schools reopening full-time a 'top priority'
19/08/2020 | news | uk | 70
School transport services are to fully resume from 1 September, with limited services next week.
Hands-free driving could be made legal on UK roads
19/08/2020 | news | uk | 385
Government is consulting industry on technology which can take control of a vehicle at up to 70mph.
Hancock 'looking at' lifting cap on medical places
19/08/2020 | news | uk | 499
Courses to study medicine are expected to be over-subscribed after A-level results are upgraded.
Tourism tensions 'could put industry at risk'
19/08/2020 | news | uk | 212
Locals in an area popular with tourists say this is the busiest season ever - but that brings worries.
New results certificates to be issued from 7 September
19/08/2020 | news | uk | 257
The qualifications body makes the move after 125,000 downgraded results were overturned.
Education minister 'truly sorry' over exam results
18/08/2020 | news | uk | 431
Kirsty Williams apologises "directly and unreservedly" for the way A-level results were handled.
Queen's seeks 'urgent clarity' over A-level U-turn
18/08/2020 | news | uk | 74
The university warns it may need between 500 to 1,000 extra places to admit all affected students.
Teacher estimates to be used for Welsh exam grades
17/08/2020 | news | uk | 841
Last week's A-level results were criticised after 42% of grades were lower than teacher assessments.
U-turn on A-levels and GCSEs as teacher grades used
17/08/2020 | news | uk | 1,944
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson apologises to students and parents for the "distress" caused.
NI GCSE results to be based on teacher predictions
17/08/2020 | news | uk | 714
Education Minister Peter Weir says the move is being made due to "exceptional circumstances".
Pressure grows on ministers on A-level grades
17/08/2020 | news | uk | 53
Welsh Labour backbenchers join calls for A-level students to be given their predicted grades.
'Ticking time bomb' for young jobless
17/08/2020 | news | uk | 224
There are fears the Covid pandemic and recession will damage the prospects of a generation.
NI body 'recovers £400,000 in flight refunds'
17/08/2020 | news | uk | 28
The Consumer Council in NI says the intervention during the coronavirus pandemic is "unprecedented".
Some BTec students still do not have exam results
17/08/2020 | news | uk | 38
BTec results from Pearson were due on Thursday, the same day as A-level and AS results.
Thousands in final rush to beat France quarantine
15/08/2020 | news | uk | 3,728
Holidaymakers had just hours to return to the UK to avoid the 14-day self-isolation requirement.
Firms 'fall through cracks' of Covid support scheme
15/08/2020 | news | uk | 110
Nearly £1.5bn of government cash is yet to be dished out to struggling businesses.
Weir asked to 'produce homework' on algorithm
14/08/2020 | news | uk | 154
Questions have been raised over the transparency of the algorithm used to calculate A-level results.
New Covid rules in force for bars and restaurants
14/08/2020 | news | uk | 362
Taking customers' details and infection control measures are now mandatory for Scotland's hospitality sector.
Plans to ease Welsh indoor meeting rules postponed
14/08/2020 | news | uk | 341
Outbreaks elsewhere linked to people meeting in homes mean changes will not now happen on Monday.
Thunder storm warnings extended until Monday
14/08/2020 | news | uk | 25
Yellow alerts for thunder, lightning and downpours will cover the whole of Wales until Monday evening.
Minister tells parents: 'Schools safe to reopen'
14/08/2020 | news | uk | 34
Peter Weir seeks to reassure, but unions remain unconvinced by the new coronavirus guidelines.
Thunderstorms and flash floods after hot weather
14/08/2020 | news | uk | 1,606
Flash floods spark travel disruption, after yellow storm warnings are issued for swathes of the UK.
Executive agrees reallocation of Covid-19 funding
13/08/2020 | news | uk | 3
Almost £50m of the £123m is going towards safely reopening schools and further education colleges.
A third of NI A-level grades lower than predicted
13/08/2020 | news | uk | 85
Thousands of pupils receive their results after exams were cancelled due to Covid-19.
NI centenary should be handled 'sensitively' - PM
13/08/2020 | news | uk | 850
Boris Johnson says a forum will be set up to discuss how to mark 100 years since NI's foundation.
Scotland's virus infection rate 'may be increasing'
13/08/2020 | news | uk | 668
The first minister says the reproduction rate of the virus - the R number - could now be above one.
'Unfair' A-level results claim as grades lowered
13/08/2020 | news | uk | 363
Record A-level results are reported but unions say there is a real concern at grades for some pupils.
EU settlement scheme: Two million granted full rights to stay
13/08/2020 | news | uk | 626
Lib Dems calls for successful applicants to be given official documents to avoid a "Windrush-style" scandal.
NI schools given new guidance for reopening
13/08/2020 | news | uk | 17
Minister outlines "relaxed" social distancing rules and optional face coverings in classrooms.
More Sussex homes without water as heatwave continues
12/08/2020 | news | uk | 738
About 300 properties had been without water since Friday, with more now affected by a burst pipe.
'No change' to stance on awarding exam grades
12/08/2020 | news | uk | 42
NI exams body CCEA says it will ensure that GCSE, A and AS level standards are maintained.
NI students 'need higher grades' to study locally
12/08/2020 | news | uk | 15
A clearing website shows NI students need higher A-levels for certain courses than GB students.
11/08/2020 | news | uk | 99
Concern over 'increasing number' of Covid-19 cases
11/08/2020 | news | uk | 18
Health Minister Robin Swann urges vigilance as 48 cases of the virus confirmed in NI in 24 hours.
Pupils return to classrooms after lockdown
11/08/2020 | news | uk | 819
Physical distancing among students is not required but hand sanitisers and one-way systems is the norm.
11/08/2020 | news | uk | 38
10/08/2020 | news | uk | 197
10/08/2020 | news | uk | 174
10/08/2020 | news | uk | 2,827
Little evidence of school transmission - minister
10/08/2020 | news | uk | 1,661
The education secretary says a new coronavirus study supports the government decision to reopen schools.
10/08/2020 | news | uk | 22
Coronavirus: Scottish economy 'approaching stabilisation'
10/08/2020 | news | uk | 269
Confidence in the business community is slowly returning, according to a new Royal Bank of Scotland report.
NI employment levels continue to fall
10/08/2020 | news | uk | 17
Business activity in NI picked up last month but employment levels continue to fall, a survey suggests.
UK 'won't hesitate' to add to quarantine list
07/08/2020 | news | uk | 1,663
Chancellor warns there is "always the risk" holidays may be disrupted, as virus cases climb in France.
UK weather: Hottest August day for 17 years as temperatures top 36C
07/08/2020 | news | uk | 1,270
Beachgoers are urged to avoid busy areas, as temperatures in parts of the UK reached 36.4C (97.52F).
Coronavirus: Minister advised of 'benefit' of face coverings on older children
07/08/2020 | news | uk | 206
The chief scientific advisor says they could be worn in some settings in schools.
Coronavirus: Nicola Sturgeon 'furious' at Aberdeen players as cluster grows
07/08/2020 | news | uk | 1,439
Nicola Sturgeon said it was "unacceptable" that eight footballers had broken the rules to visit a bar in the city.
Government pledges £355m to ease GB-NI trade
07/08/2020 | news | uk | 670
Ministers set up a new service to help businesses which want to import goods after 1 January.
Fines issued in crackdown on 'wild camping'
07/08/2020 | news | uk | 155
Penalty notices of up to £70 are issued to people staying in car parks overnight.
Coronavirus: Chancellor rules out extending furlough
07/08/2020 | news | uk | 938
Rishi Sunak says it's wrong to "keep people trapped" in the government's job support scheme.
Aberdeen coronavirus outbreak: Number of cases rises to 79
07/08/2020 | news | uk | 1,358
The number of cases linked to a cluster in Aberdeen rises to 79 - with more expected in the coming days.
'Perfect storm' threatens universities' futures
07/08/2020 | news | uk | 66
A drop in overseas and UK student numbers will cause "real problems", a former vice-chancellor says.
NI public told to wear masks in shops
06/08/2020 | news | uk | 314
The first minister adds that pubs that do not serve food will remain closed amid coronavirus concerns.
Aberdeen lockdown begins as Covid cluster grows
05/08/2020 | news | uk | 2,664
Travel restrictions are in force, households cannot meet inside and bars and restaurants have been ordered to close.
Bank of Ireland to cut 1,400 jobs in UK and Ireland
05/08/2020 | news | uk | 34
The bank has suffered losses related to Covid-19 repayment breaks.
NHS gets £800m to prepare for virus second wave
05/08/2020 | news | uk | 204
Most of the money will be used to boost supplies of personal protective equipment.
Coronavirus: Major incident declared in Greater Manchester
03/08/2020 | news | uk | 929
People "should not be alarmed" by the announcement as it is "standard practice", authorities say.
Ads for large polluting cars 'should be banned'
03/08/2020 | news | uk | 1,726
A new campaign says the government should ban adverts for large cars like sports utility vehicles.
Schools will be ready for September - minister
02/08/2020 | news | uk | 537
Reopening schools is a priority for the government and it will be safe, a cabinet minister says.
Only 27% of drive-in virus tests back in 24 hours
29/07/2020 | news | uk | 260
It is the worst performance for samples processed at NHS labs since the pandemic began.
'Fix your bike' website crashes as scheme launches
29/07/2020 | news | uk | 641
A website offering £50 bike repair vouchers from the government did not work for several hours.
Fears over 'zombie companies' as UK exits lockdown
29/07/2020 | news | uk | 294
Insolvencies slow during lockdown, but experts say the worst is yet to come.
Ministers aim for UK-wide virus co-operation pledge
28/07/2020 | news | uk | 1,228
The UK and devolved governments are hoping to agree a joint approach to driving coronavirus down to the lowest possible level.
Weekly deaths from coronavirus drop again
28/07/2020 | news | uk | 160
There were no deaths in 16 areas, and none at all in care homes, for the first time since March.
Bill to give ministers more power to become law
28/07/2020 | news | uk | 27
Legislation, which a former DUP adviser says overturns key safeguards, will have its final stage on Tuesday.
Lockdown 'sparks rise in new teacher applications'
28/07/2020 | news | uk | 136
After years of recruitment issues, more people are applying to be teachers in Wales.
Call to make face masks mandatory for NHS visitors
27/07/2020 | news | uk | 260
Two Labour politicians join calls for face masks to be compulsory in Welsh hospitals.
£10.5m childcare recovery support scheme opens
27/07/2020 | news | uk | 7
The support will help childcare facilities with additional operational costs during the pandemic.
Signs of optimism among Scottish small businesses
27/07/2020 | news | uk | 530
But the Federation of Small Businesses warns of continued difficulties and a record fall in staff numbers.
Major flaws tracking visitors who cross border
24/07/2020 | news | uk | 139
A leaked letter from Robin Swann says visitors from high-risk countries cannot always be traced.
UK ministers' £1.2bn 'advance payment' for Wales
24/07/2020 | news | uk | 376
The Welsh Secretary says it is "fresh money" but is a result of spending in England.
Cinemas and beauty salons can reopen on Monday
24/07/2020 | news | uk | 120
Face masks will be compulsory on buses and trains, and all hotels can open on Saturday.
Almost 40% did not attend reopened schools
24/07/2020 | news | uk | 73
A majority of pupils did return to "check in, catch up and prepare" before the end of term.
Social distancing on ScotRail trains to be reduced
24/07/2020 | news | uk | 435
Scotland's principle rail operator ScotRail is to relax the two-metre rule from Monday.
Virus response shows 'might of UK union' - PM
23/07/2020 | news | uk | 4,593
Boris Johnson visits Scotland as the SNP says he is worried about support for independence.
Relaxation of shielding to allow indoor visits
23/07/2020 | news | uk | 183
The first minister announces the relaxation of restrictions around those shielding from Covid-19
Rail improvements in north to get £600m kick-start
23/07/2020 | news | uk | 60
People in northern England "rightly expect action, progress and ambition", the government says.
Six new routes for Belfast City Airport
23/07/2020 | news | uk | 14
The new Aer Lingus and Stobart Air routes will start on a phased basis from August.
Executive to discuss face masks in shops
23/07/2020 | news | uk | 90
Ministers are expected to recommend the use of face coverings but stop short of making them mandatory.
NI Youth Assembly to be introduced at Stormont
22/07/2020 | news | uk | 11
Sinn Féin speaker Alex Maskey urges young people to get involved in politics in Northern Ireland.
Beauticians and nail salons reopen in Scotland
22/07/2020 | news | uk | 539
Scotland continues to relax lockdown rules as more restrictions are lifted across the country.
UK passport backlog reaches 400,000 due to virus
22/07/2020 | news | uk | 110
Reduced staffing to allow social distancing is one reason for the mounting backlog, a minister says.
Coronavirus: London police to enforce face masks 'as last resort'
22/07/2020 | news | uk | 714
Dame Cressida Dick hopes shoppers who refuse to wear masks will be "shamed" into compliance.
County's schools to keep their sixth forms
22/07/2020 | news | uk | 25
A centre of excellence may be established but would be in addition to local sixth forms.
£50m support package for universities and colleges
22/07/2020 | news | uk | 153
The Welsh Government says the fund will help safeguard teaching and research as well as students.
Delays in doctors' pay award 'affecting recruitment'
22/07/2020 | news | uk | 34
An official report has criticised delays in the pay award process for doctors and dentists in NI.
Coronavirus: Garden attractions frustrated by 'no-shows'
22/07/2020 | news | uk | 71
Kew Gardens, the RHS and the National Trust say members are booking tickets and then not turning up.
Scottish retail sector on 'slow path to recovery'
22/07/2020 | news | uk | 43
The trade association for retailers said sales were down by almost a fifth in June compared with last year.
Slow awakening of Highlands tourism industry from lockdown
22/07/2020 | news | uk | 131
Tourism is the region's biggest industry but until last week had been suspended due to the lockdown.
Coronavirus not over by Christmas, experts warn
21/07/2020 | news | uk | 2,472
Even progress in developing a vaccine is unlikely to mean the virus will be eliminated, MPs hear.
DUP rejects call to quarantine travellers from GB
21/07/2020 | news | uk | 286
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson says Michelle O'Neill "stood on a political landmine" with quarantine call.
Surgeons voice frustration at pace of healthcare return
21/07/2020 | news | uk | 8
They say restoring a new normal of delivering care is proving to be "frustratingly difficult".
Post-virus housing upgrades urged to boost jobs
21/07/2020 | news | uk | 128
Fitting thousands of homes with new energy technology could create 50,000 jobs, housing bodies say.
'Few, if any' cinemas will reopen next week
21/07/2020 | news | uk | 58
The UK Cinema Association believes restrictions on food and social distancing will stop venues opening.
Scots quarantine rules lifted for travel to Spain
20/07/2020 | news | uk | 786
People who travel to Scotland from Spain will not have to quarantine after lockdown restrictions were eased.
Dangerous parking at beauty spots 'risking lives'
20/07/2020 | news | uk | 1,025
Hundreds of cars parked illegally on Snowdonia roads, while a lifeboat station was blocked by motorbikes.
Oxford coronavirus vaccine triggers immune response
20/07/2020 | news | uk | 1,521
Study shows the vaccine is safe, but it is still too soon to know if it can stop people from being infected.
Live drive-in events to be allowed from Wednesday
20/07/2020 | news | uk | 317
The Scottish government has given such events the go-ahead from later this week.
Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and funfairs reopen
20/07/2020 | news | uk | 65
The latest round of measures to ease lockdown come into force on Monday.
Key workers' childcare 'struggle' after hubs shut
20/07/2020 | news | uk | 86
Only four councils say they will continue care for school-aged children over the summer holidays.
NI arthritis sufferers 'run risk of being overlooked'
20/07/2020 | news | uk | 7
As lockdown eases, a charity says long waiting lists for arthritis-related surgery must be addressed.
Dentists voice concern as routine care resumes
20/07/2020 | news | uk | 57
Dentists can perform fillings but some warn a shortage of PPE means all practices cannot reopen.
FE colleges 'no clearer' on September opening plan
20/07/2020 | news | uk | 19
With six weeks to the new term Colleges Wales says it is not being treated on a par with schools.
PM 'does not want second national lockdown'
19/07/2020 | news | uk | 579
Having the option of a nationwide shutdown is like a "nuclear deterrent", the prime minister says.
Endoscopy delay: 'My husband should still be here'
17/07/2020 | news | uk | 196
Billy Hughes died of cancer on 16 May, more than a month after his endoscopy was cancelled due to Covid-19.
17/07/2020 | news | uk | 460
17/07/2020 | news | uk | 185
Coronavirus: Slight increase in economic output during May
17/07/2020 | news | uk | 271
Latest GDP figures show the economy grew by 1.5% in May but is still 22.1% down on output in February.
17/07/2020 | news | uk | 12
17/07/2020 | news | uk | 102
17/07/2020 | news | uk | 29
17/07/2020 | news | uk | 95
17/07/2020 | news | uk | 270
16/07/2020 | news | uk | 466
Another 15,000 Scots seeking work over lockdown
16/07/2020 | news | uk | 573
Scotland's unemployment rate is measured at 4.3% in the period March to May, according to official figures.
'No physical distancing' needed for school pupils
16/07/2020 | news | uk | 314
Physical distancing rules may apply to staff but not pupils when Scotland's schools reopen in August.
NI employers propose record number of redundancies
16/07/2020 | news | uk | 64
Employers proposed almost 2,500 redundancies in June, the highest monthly figure on record.
Government buys Ashford 'Brexit lorry park' site
16/07/2020 | news | uk | 88
The site could be used for customs checks or as a temporary lorry park, the government says.
Scotland facing 'children's rights emergency'
16/07/2020 | news | uk | 100
Scotland's Children's Commissioner voices "grave concerns" about the impact of lockdown on young people.
Mandatory face coverings in NI shops to be proposed
15/07/2020 | news | uk | 129
The NI Health Minister Robin Swann will bring a proposal to make face coverings mandatory in shops.
15/07/2020 | news | uk | 825
15/07/2020 | news | uk | 280
PPE delay 'will affect return of dental services'
15/07/2020 | news | uk | 9
A PPE order was to have been delivered to dentists this week, but has now been delayed until 20 July.
15/07/2020 | news | uk | 1,015
Fund of £5.3m to help town centres' virus recovery
15/07/2020 | news | uk | 73
One trader says it is a "drop in the ocean" but another hopes it could improve shoppers' confidence.
14/07/2020 | news | uk | 215
14/07/2020 | news | uk | 129
'Unfettered' NI to GB trade promise questioned
14/07/2020 | news | uk | 977
A group of MPs said the promise will need a concession from the EU that it has not yet granted.
14/07/2020 | news | uk | 191
14/07/2020 | news | uk | 301
Welsh pubs and cafes reopen - but only outdoors
13/07/2020 | news | uk | 245
Only about half of independent pubs expected to reopen Monday, with many chains staying shut.
Brexit: Ads highlight changes for UK holidaymakers
13/07/2020 | news | uk | 2,085
Government campaign will also carry advice for UK and EU firms before the transition period ends.
13/07/2020 | news | uk | 1,446
Hairdressers open to fix lockdown mistakes
13/07/2020 | news | uk | 71
One hairdresser says they have had over 1,000 bookings made for the coming weeks.
Care homes 'disappointed' on test assurances
13/07/2020 | news | uk | 15
Care Forum Wales also said there were "significant delays" to the processing of Covid-19 tests.
NI economy 'declining at a much slower rate'
13/07/2020 | news | uk | 47
As the coronavirus lockdown eases, an Ulster Bank survey suggests signs of economic improvement.
10/07/2020 | news | uk | 554
10/07/2020 | news | uk | 334
Campsites, beauty salons and cinemas get open date
10/07/2020 | news | uk | 215
Cinemas, museums and galleries can reopen on 27 July, the first minister says.
Face coverings now compulsory in Scotland's shops
10/07/2020 | news | uk | 2,584
In a bid to suppress coronavirus, people in Scotland must now cover their face when they enter shops.
10/07/2020 | news | uk | 1,930
Pools, gyms, team sport and outdoor gigs to return
09/07/2020 | news | uk | 19
Restrictions in England are further eased - with beauty businesses also able to reopen on Monday.
09/07/2020 | news | uk | 295
Leicester lockdown: No plans for extra Covid cash, minister says
09/07/2020 | news | uk | 464
Local businesses and politicians say they were expecting more financial support from the government.
09/07/2020 | news | uk | 1,156
Hundreds of teaching posts to help pupils catch up
09/07/2020 | news | uk | 38
Support will be particularly focused on disadvantaged pupils and those studying for exams.
Rise in international applicants for universities
09/07/2020 | news | uk | 89
Scottish universities have seen a 16% rise in applicants from outside Europe despite the coronavirus pandemic.
08/07/2020 | news | uk | 373
08/07/2020 | news | uk | 123
Scotland retains quarantine for Spanish travel
08/07/2020 | news | uk | 1,494
Spain has been omitted from a list of "air bridge" destinations for Scotland due to concerns about coronavirus.
Where can I fly to from Scotland's airports?
08/07/2020 | news | uk | 218
After a near shutdown during lockdown the country's airports are operating dozens of overseas routes again.
Welsh care homes 'badly let down' during pandemic
08/07/2020 | news | uk | 195
A report says the approach was "flawed" and care home deaths now account for 28% of Wales' total.
'No extra money' for schools reopening
08/07/2020 | news | uk | 26
Some schools say additional funding is needed to help all pupils to return after summer.
07/07/2020 | news | uk | 2,961
07/07/2020 | news | uk | 629
07/07/2020 | news | uk | 173
07/07/2020 | news | uk | 223
06/07/2020 | news | uk | 498
Hospital and care home visits resume in NI
06/07/2020 | news | uk | 42
Further lockdown measures are eased, with hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons reopening.
06/07/2020 | news | uk | 753
No quarantine checks made on arrivals to Scotland
05/07/2020 | news | uk | 486
The Scottish government says its officials have not had access to the information on who is arriving in Scotland.
NI's hotels and bars reopen their doors
03/07/2020 | news | uk | 75
Economy Minister Diane Dodds hails Friday as a "great day for the hospitality sector".
England’s quarantine-free list of places published
03/07/2020 | news | uk | 1,348
Greece, Belgium and Spain are among the countries on the list but Portugal and the US are not.
Five-mile travel limit lifted in Scotland
03/07/2020 | news | uk | 733
Holiday cottages can reopen and the travel limit has been lifted as Scotland's virus lockdown is eased.
Wales' lockdown travel limits will end on 6 July
03/07/2020 | news | uk | 1,188
Scrapping of the "stay local" restrictions from Monday are confirmed by Mark Drakeford.
Sturgeon attacks 'shambolic' air bridges decision
03/07/2020 | news | uk | 3,945
Scotland's first minister criticises the UK government over a plan to relax quarantine restrictions for many overseas visitors.
Coronavirus: Glasgow Life warns services face uncertain future
03/07/2020 | news | uk | 59
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on its finances and nearly 1,000 staff are on furlough.
02/07/2020 | news | uk | 419
02/07/2020 | news | uk | 3,391
Coronavirus: Survey suggests business confidence at record low
02/07/2020 | news | uk | 61
Retail, tourism and construction have been the worst hit during lockdown according to a survey of Scottish firms.
01/07/2020 | news | uk | 368
01/07/2020 | news | uk | 1,378
Belfast Harbour recovering after Covid-19 hit
01/07/2020 | news | uk | 11
Trade fell 25% at the peak of the coronavirus outbreak but has already started to recover.
Death rate in Scotland returns to normal levels
01/07/2020 | news | uk | 520
Only 35 deaths linked to coronavirus were recorded last week - the lowest since the middle of March.
Restaurants call for more government help
01/07/2020 | news | uk | 91
Pubs and restaurants in Wales have no opening date, while English venues prepare to open this weekend.
Lockdown boost for Couch to 5K downloads
01/07/2020 | news | uk | 26
Hundreds of thousands sign up to the NHS-backed running app during the coronavirus pandemic.
Court bid to legally recognise humanist weddings
01/07/2020 | news | uk | 199
Humanist ceremonies are recognised in law in Scotland and Northern Ireland but not in England or Wales.
Funding of £12m confirmed for free school meals
30/06/2020 | news | uk | 46
The Department of Health also gets £90m as money not spent by other Stormont departments is reallocated.
30/06/2020 | news | uk | 1,259
Coronavirus deaths in Wales show further fall
30/06/2020 | news | uk | 130
More than half of deaths registered in the most recent week were in north Wales.
MLAs vote for assembly commission to set expenses
30/06/2020 | news | uk | 45
The proposal has passed with support from the DUP, Sinn Féin and the SDLP
Harbour 'needs 40,000 sq ft Brexit checks facility'
30/06/2020 | news | uk | 29
MP says Warrenpoint facility includes HGV parking and offices but harbour boss calls for "clarity".
29/06/2020 | news | uk | 1,209
No singing part of new wedding rules for England
29/06/2020 | news | uk | 12
Ceremonies of up to 30 people can go ahead but big receptions, singing and food are not allowed.
29/06/2020 | news | uk | 400
29/06/2020 | news | uk | 109
Two households can join up in Wales from Monday
29/06/2020 | news | uk | 637
Two households will be allowed to form one "extended household" in the latest change to Covid rules.
Johnson warns over virus rules after beach crowds
26/06/2020 | news | uk | 6,388
The PM says other countries have had virus spikes after people took "liberties" with distancing rules.
Public has 'low opinion' of NI planning system
26/06/2020 | news | uk | 6
There is a poor level of public trust in the system, according to university research.
Lack of special needs school places 'unacceptable'
26/06/2020 | news | uk | 3
Peter Weir was responding to the revelation 285 SEN children are without a school place.
25/06/2020 | news | uk | 89
25/06/2020 | news | uk | 166
Bournemouth beach: 'Major incident' as thousands flock to coast
25/06/2020 | news | uk | 4,196
A major incident is declared in Bournemouth as thousands hit the coast in soaring heat.
25/06/2020 | news | uk | 309
25/06/2020 | news | uk | 1,388
Visits to care homes in Scotland to resume in July
25/06/2020 | news | uk | 262
Scottish care homes will be allowed to admit visitors from 3 July provided they are free from coronavirus.
NI arts sector 'facing obliteration' over Covid-19
25/06/2020 | news | uk | 19
The head of the MAC theatre makes a direct appeal to the Executive for an urgent financial package.
Royal Mail to cut 2,000 jobs as virus hits business
25/06/2020 | news | uk | 56
The cuts in management roles come as coronavirus exacerbates a fall in the number of letters being sent.
UK must prepare for second wave - health leaders
24/06/2020 | news | uk | 2,016
The warning comes as the prime minister announced sweeping relaxations to lockdown rules in England.
24/06/2020 | news | uk | 1,185
Scottish pubs and restaurants to reopen in July
24/06/2020 | news | uk | 1,287
People will be allowed to meet indoors as part of major lockdown easing announced by Nicola Sturgeon.
24/06/2020 | news | uk | 252
Reopening guidance for pubs and hotels published
24/06/2020 | news | uk | 30
How will hotels, pubs and other businesses in Northern Ireland look when they reopen on 3 July?
Coronavirus in Scotland: 'Deepest recession in living memory' warn experts
24/06/2020 | news | uk | 92
Economists predict it will be at least 18 months before the lost output of the Covid-19 pandemic is recovered.
Lockdown to be relaxed in England as 2m rule eased
23/06/2020 | news | uk | 4,247
Two households will be able to meet, and pubs, restaurants and hairdressers can reopen from 4 July.
Scottish schools aim to reopen full-time in August
23/06/2020 | news | uk | 1,542
Scottish schools are planning to reopen fully in August with no physical distancing if coronavirus is suppressed.
Review ordered into health watchdog resignations
23/06/2020 | news | uk | 46
Nine RQIA board members quit amid claims they were not consulted on issues during the pandemic.
Coronavirus: Shoe Zone closes stores and cuts head office jobs
23/06/2020 | news | uk | 16
The retailer paused all discretionary spending when the UK went into lockdown.
Antibody tests should not be offered 'on-demand'
23/06/2020 | news | uk | 56
Chief medical officer says there is concern a positive result could lead people to assume they are immune to coronavirus.
Further drop in deaths with coronavirus in Wales
23/06/2020 | news | uk | 222
Eight areas of Wales saw no deaths involving coronavirus for the week, latest figures show.
'Phased return' of MoT and driving test services
23/06/2020 | news | uk | 14
Nichola Mallon has introduced a range of exemptions and extensions to MoT services and driving tests.
Groups of six can meet indoors in NI from Tuesday
23/06/2020 | news | uk | 227
People will still be required to maintain social distancing when meeting family and friends, and no overnight stays are allowed.
NI free school meals money not signed off
23/06/2020 | news | uk | 75
The financial decision was put off by ministers due to a row over Troubles' pensions, the BBC understands.
Vulnerable children 'passed from pillar to post'
23/06/2020 | news | uk | 13
Youngsters with mental health problems face a "maze of bureaucracy" in getting the right help.
Relaxation of two-metre distancing not ruled out
22/06/2020 | news | uk | 247
The first minister says it could happen if advisers to the Welsh Government say it is safe.
Pub goers could be asked for contact details
22/06/2020 | news | uk | 353
The move is being considered as part of post-lockdown safety measures, the first minister has said.
Coronavirus: Call for new jobs 'guarantee' for young Scots
22/06/2020 | news | uk | 473
An economic review commissioned by Scottish ministers calls for a "jobs guarantee" for those aged 16 to 25
22/06/2020 | news | uk | 323
22/06/2020 | news | uk | 399
19/06/2020 | news | uk | 762
Education plan may spell the end for school bells
19/06/2020 | news | uk | 203
Education Minister Peter Weir publishes new guidance setting out how schools should reopen in August.
UK's Covid-19 alert level reduced
19/06/2020 | news | uk | 4,466
The virus is now "in general circulation" with a "gradual relaxation of restrictions" possible.
Suspended home care packages 'may be reassessed'
19/06/2020 | news | uk | 4
Some packages halted when the Covid-19 pandemic broke out may be altered when they resume.
New household meeting rules take effect
19/06/2020 | news | uk | 704
Scotland has moved into the second phase of its "route map" to end the lockdown while suppressing the virus.
Coronavirus: Calls for awareness of long-term effects
19/06/2020 | news | uk | 130
Researchers want to establish if "post-Covid syndrome" should itself be recognised as an illness.
Hairdressers can reopen in NI from 6 July
18/06/2020 | news | uk | 155
It is among a series of measures agreed by Stormont ministers to further ease the lockdown.
Non-urgent dental care to resume in June, says BDA
18/06/2020 | news | uk | 10
The British Dental Association warns a lack of PPE could delay plans for more services in July.
Shops expected to reopen in Wales from Monday
18/06/2020 | news | uk | 625
But advice to stay within five miles of your home is likely to remain in place.
Bank pumps £100bn into UK economy to aid recovery
18/06/2020 | news | uk | 1,937
Bank of England announces huge stimulus to aid recovery from the "unprecedented" coronavirus downturn.
Shops in Scotland to reopen from 29 June
18/06/2020 | news | uk | 2,131
The changes will also allow people living alone or only with children to meet indoors with another household.
Masks to be compulsory on public transport
18/06/2020 | news | uk | 189
Face coverings will be required in taxis, buses, trains, aircraft and enclosed areas on ferries.
Services sector shrinks by more than 4% in quarter
18/06/2020 | news | uk | 5
The first quarter figures for 2020 include the early stages of the coronavirus lockdown.
Fear pubs 'will go bust' because of two-metre rule
18/06/2020 | news | uk | 85
The boss of Wales' largest pub chain says the rule must be relaxed or thousands of jobs will be lost.
Calls for five-mile travel advice to be reviewed
17/06/2020 | news | uk | 379
An adviser to Wales' chief medical officer says "the purpose of the journey should be considered".
17/06/2020 | news | uk | 121
17/06/2020 | news | uk | 602
Coronavirus: First signs of slump show in Scotland's official figures
17/06/2020 | news | uk | 290
Scotland's economy began to contract as soon as coronavirus lockdown measures were imposed, the latest figures show.
Shetland plans for UK's biggest onshore wind farm to proceed
17/06/2020 | news | uk | 120
The 103-turbine Viking project in Shetland will cost £580m and create hundreds of jobs.
Minister to bid for funds to extend free school meals
16/06/2020 | news | uk | 96
Peter Weir is "considering options to cover the July and August period" free school meal payments.
Support pledge for everyone facing unemployment
16/06/2020 | news | uk | 40
Wales' economy minister says over-16s will be offered help finding work, education or training.
NI unemployment more than doubles in two months
16/06/2020 | news | uk | 8
Figures show the claimant count in Northern Ireland increased by 35,500 between March and May.
Sturgeon warns against 'reckless' lockdown easing
16/06/2020 | news | uk | 975
Nicola Sturgeon says coronavirus is causing an "economic crisis" but warns against easing restrictions "too quickly".
Greenhouse gas emissions target missed
16/06/2020 | news | uk | 49
Problems in the power sector saw Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions rise by 1.5% in 2018.
16/06/2020 | news | uk | 639
'Disappointing' tree planting as Wales lags behind
16/06/2020 | news | uk | 125
Only 4% of an annual target of 2,000 hectares was planted in Wales last year.
Two-week summer schools being considered for July
16/06/2020 | news | uk | 63
The department wants to gauge interest from primaries, but no school will be required to hold one.
Businesses 'nervous' about employee antibody tests
16/06/2020 | news | uk | 19
Business leaders say any antibody test must be completely reliable to give confidence to bring back workers.
Confusion over Spain rules for travellers from UK
15/06/2020 | news | uk | 119
Spain will open its borders to EU countries on Sunday, but may impose a quarantine on Britons.
Reopening shops on table at next lockdown review
15/06/2020 | news | uk | 513
First Minister Mark Drakeford says retailers will be "well-prepared" if shops are given the go-ahead.
15/06/2020 | news | uk | 990
Two-metre review to be completed in 'coming weeks'
15/06/2020 | news | uk | 1,352
No 10 declines to say if it will be done by the time hospitality venues in England are due to reopen.
NI's hotels and bars can reopen from 3 July
15/06/2020 | news | uk | 160
Economy Minister Diane Dodds confirms NI's hospitality sector can reopen earlier than planned.
Quarantine 'stake through the heart' of airport
15/06/2020 | news | uk | 43
Some passenger flights resume at Belfast International, but new coronavirus rules apply.
12/06/2020 | news | uk | 2,161
Shops in NI reopen their doors
12/06/2020 | news | uk | 50
Retailers open across Northern Ireland as a further easing of lockdown restrictions comes into force.
Is cross-border traffic a coronavirus risk?
12/06/2020 | news | uk | 121
Figures from Transport Scotland indicate more vehicles on the road and where they are travelling.
Air quality improving in most-polluted streets
12/06/2020 | news | uk | 64
One street in Glasgow has seen pollution levels fall by more than 65% since the lockdown began.
Single people in NI can stay indoors with loved ones
11/06/2020 | news | uk | 64
The move, which comes into force from Saturday, is part of further easing of coronavirus restrictions.
Growing calls for government to cut 2m rule
11/06/2020 | news | uk | 1,261
Conservative backbenchers say easing the restriction in England is essential for economic recovery.
Scottish tourism sector could reopen on 15 July
10/06/2020 | news | uk | 355
Tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing says the date is conditional on continued progress in tackling the coronavirus.
All shops in England can reopen on Monday if safe
09/06/2020 | news | uk | 258
Non-essential retailers can open but pubs must wait until July, the business secretary confirms.
09/06/2020 | news | uk | 397
Small shops in NI can reopen from Friday
08/06/2020 | news | uk | 367
Large retailers and shops in retail parks in Northern Ireland opened from today.
Children 'worried' about education in pandemic
08/06/2020 | news | uk | 60
More than half of 12 to 18-year-olds questioned in Wales say they are worried about schoolwork.
Parts of two of Wales' national parks reopen
08/06/2020 | news | uk | 286
Areas of the Pembrokeshire Coast and Brecon Beacons National Parks reopen - but only to locals.
NI economy remains 'in deep downturn'
08/06/2020 | news | uk | 29
The Ulster Bank economic survey of businesses in May had the second weakest result on record.
Coronavirus: Scottish business rebound 'lagging behind'
08/06/2020 | news | uk | 727
A report suggests activity improved last month but Scotland still saw the smallest recovery of any UK area.
Quarantine starts for travellers entering Scotland
08/06/2020 | news | uk | 384
A 14-day quarantine applies for most people arriving in the UK but Scotland's rules differ slightly.
UK passes 40,000 coronavirus deaths
05/06/2020 | news | uk | 2,669
Health Secretary Matt Hancock says it is "a time of sorrow for us all" as the UK reaches 40,261 deaths.
Face covering rule should be extended - doctors
05/06/2020 | news | uk | 1,044
The British Medical Association says coverings should be compulsory wherever distancing is impossible.
Coronavirus: Police turn away 1,000 cars in two days
05/06/2020 | news | uk | 212
Police say many people officers spoke to were from England and thought lockdown rules were the same.
NI Covid-linked deaths fall for fifth week in a row
05/06/2020 | news | uk | 106
The Department of Health reports one further death as NI statistics agency also publishes its bulletin.
Bombardier to cut 2,500 jobs worldwide
05/06/2020 | news | uk | 14
The aerospace firm, one of NI's largest employers, says it has no announcement to make about Belfast jobs.
Coronavirus: Teachers warn of disputes over schools reopening
05/06/2020 | news | uk | 207
The EIS teachers union says it could be in dispute with some councils over safety measures.
Nature reserves 'trashed' after lockdown easing
05/06/2020 | news | uk | 285
Littering, fly-tipping and barbecue fires are destroying habitats, a wildlife trust says.
Scotland-Northern Ireland bridge: No feasibility study commissioned
05/06/2020 | news | uk | 337
No feasibility study has yet been commissioned into the bridge idea, which was floated by Boris Johnson.
Fresh plea to help save Debenhams stores in Wales
05/06/2020 | news | uk | 60
The retail giant writes to the Welsh Government asking for a review of the rates it pays on shops.
NI businesses 'desperately need' sea border detail
05/06/2020 | news | uk | 19
New checks are due to begin in January 2021 once the Brexit transition period ends.
Coronavirus: Outbreak exercise showed ‘clear gap’ in readiness
05/06/2020 | news | uk | 437
A 2018 MERS outbreak exercise in Scotland revealed concerns over protective gear, the BBC learns.
Face coverings to be mandatory on public transport
04/06/2020 | news | uk | 3,406
From 15 June, people in England could be fined for not wearing a covering, the transport secretary says.
Coronavirus: Stormont gives green light to more lockdown easing
04/06/2020 | news | uk | 207
Small outdoor weddings and a reopening of some shops will be allowed in NI from Monday.
Chief medical officer wanted August school opening
04/06/2020 | news | uk | 174
Welsh ministers' top health adviser says his preferred option was "not attractive to the unions".
Glasgow loses a third of parking to social distancing
04/06/2020 | news | uk | 62
Glasgow city centre is giving 25km of road space over to increase space for social distancing.
Sturgeon warns Scots not to meet up indoors
04/06/2020 | news | uk | 651
Scotland's first minister says indoor gatherings are a "surefire way" for coronavirus to spread.
ED attendance down almost a third in March
04/06/2020 | news | uk | 10
Emergency department attendances were down 31% on the same month last year, official data shows.
Coronavirus: Scots tourism businesses want two-metre rule reviewed
04/06/2020 | news | uk | 76
The Scottish Tourism Alliance claims there is evidence that one metre social distancing is sufficient.
'Lessons to be learned' over virus in care homes
04/06/2020 | news | uk | 498
Jeane Freeman tells MSPs that there is "more work to do" over the toll of coronavirus on care homes.
Main NI exam body defends predicted grades process
04/06/2020 | news | uk | 5
Teachers in Northern Ireland are being asked to make predictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Welsh towns 'vulnerable' to Covid-19 impact
04/06/2020 | news | uk | 117
Towns already exposed to "economic shocks" could feel the impact of coronavirus, a study warns.
Public transport may need to be pre-booked
04/06/2020 | news | uk | 102
Space on services will be "vastly reduced" for safety during the pandemic, Wales' economy minister says.
Schools in Wales to reopen later this month
03/06/2020 | news | uk | 749
Parents who do not to send their children to school when they reopen on 29 June will not be fined.
Ministers back UK-wide inquiry into virus response
03/06/2020 | news | uk | 87
But the Welsh Government rejects calls for an inquiry to take place before the next Senedd election.
Brexit transition extension 'essential' for economy
03/06/2020 | news | uk | 461
Analysis by the Scottish government finds Scottish GDP could be up to 1.1% lower without a delay.
Rolls-Royce to cut 700 jobs at Renfrewshire plant
03/06/2020 | news | uk | 273
The Derby-based firm has begun the process by offering voluntary redundancy to everyone across its UK civil aerospace division.
Physical contact tracing for NI rather than app
03/06/2020 | news | uk | 14
Chief scientific adviser says the usefulness of an app for contact tracing has been "overstated".
What dental services will reopen in NI on Monday?
03/06/2020 | news | uk | 2
Dental surgeries start to reopen next week, but many patients will still be referred to regional centres.
Suppliers 'at risk' without loans for large firms
03/06/2020 | news | uk | 15
One engineering firm says it will likely close its doors if Tata fails to get a UK government loan.
TV and film 'need government help' to restart
03/06/2020 | news | uk | 61
Prohibitive costs and concerns about insurance may hamper productions, industry leaders say.
Skinningrove British Steel plant to pause production
03/06/2020 | news | uk | 12
The company confirms that 300 workers will be furloughed as production is paused for a second time.
NI to bring in 14-day quarantine for travellers
03/06/2020 | news | uk | 85
The health department is finalising new rules for anyone arriving from outside the Common Travel Area.
School social distancing 'difficult to achieve'
03/06/2020 | news | uk | 19
The education minister says social distancing measures will have a "big impact" on the school day
Coronavirus: 'Act like tourists' plea to help post-lockdown Edinburgh
03/06/2020 | news | uk | 123
Businesses want local people to rediscover the city centre to help its recovery after restrictions are lifted.
03/06/2020 | news | uk | 150
Children return to childminders and some nurseries
03/06/2020 | news | uk | 177
Outdoor nurseries and childminders are reopening as part of the first phase of lifting lockdown.
Lockdown 'reigniting a love for cycling'
02/06/2020 | news | uk | 22
Calls have been made for the boom in people riding bikes to lead to a long-term change.
Coronavirus in Wales: New lockdown measures 'may be needed in winter'
02/06/2020 | news | uk | 246
It comes as ministers are warned the virus is "likely to thrive in cooler, indoor" places.
People urged to stay away from beauty spots
02/06/2020 | news | uk | 44
About 1,000 gathered at Crawfordsburn and Helen's Bay on Monday and other coastal areas were also busy.
Jurassic Coast beach crowds 'showed shocking disregard for area'
02/06/2020 | news | uk | 3,117
One volunteer says people shouted at her "when I asked them nicely to take their litter with them".
Coronavirus: Public told to cut water use amid surge in lockdown demand
02/06/2020 | news | uk | 1,214
Water companies are urging people to avoid using sprinklers and paddling pools during the lockdown.
How can we restart the NHS?
02/06/2020 | news | uk | 136
Health correspondent Lisa Summers on the challenges in restoring the full range of non-Covid NHS services
Coronavirus in Scotland: Call for regional lockdowns as new cases drop
02/06/2020 | news | uk | 83
A consultant physician says restrictions could ease more quickly in areas less affected by Covid-19.
MPs demand evidence for five-mile travel advice
02/06/2020 | news | uk | 206
Welsh Tories call for scientific basis for decision to only allow local travel to be published.
Coronavirus: How and when should Welsh schools reopen?
02/06/2020 | news | uk | 89
As English pupils return to classrooms, what are the options - and opinions - in Wales?
NHS operations down 83% in April
02/06/2020 | news | uk | 80
The number of planned operations carried out in Scottish hospitals plummeted in April.
Coronavirus: Lake District visitors pose 'significant problems'
02/06/2020 | news | uk | 48
Police say parked cars, campers and litter are a big problem as visitors flock to the Lakes.
Tooth decay fears over dentist wait until 2021
02/06/2020 | news | uk | 37
Dentists across Wales want to be able to offer more than just urgent care to patients before next year.
'Unprecedented' water demand beats heatwave record
01/06/2020 | news | uk | 36
Usage exceeds levels seen at the peak of the 2018 heatwave, says Welsh Water.
Hotels and guesthouses to reopen on 20 July
01/06/2020 | news | uk | 69
Stormont Executive confirms hotels will reopen on the same date as hotels in the Republic of Ireland.
People shielding allowed outdoors from 8 June
01/06/2020 | news | uk | 41
The move, which affects about 80,000 people, will only happen if the R-number stays below one.
NI contact tracing scheme in touch with 388 people
01/06/2020 | news | uk | 34
Nurses and environmental health officers are being recruited as the scheme in NI is scaled up.
Coronavirus in Scotland: New lockdown laws warning after weekend breaches
01/06/2020 | news | uk | 2,317
Coronavirus guidelines could be enforced by new laws if "even a minority" continue to flout them, the first minister says.
New laws come into force as England lockdown eases
01/06/2020 | news | uk | 1,099
Police can tell people to leave properties under coronavirus laws - but cannot forcibly remove them.
Coronavirus: Government urged to change advice to 'stay local'
01/06/2020 | news | uk | 28
Coastal areas have been overrun by tourists since travel limits were lifted, the government is told.
Long queues as recycling centres reopen
01/06/2020 | news | uk | 41
Motorists have reported having to wait hours at some sites to dispose of their rubbish.
'Test, trace, protect' system launches in Wales
01/06/2020 | news | uk | 393
The roll-out of the new testing system comes on a "big day" for the easing of the lockdown in Wales.
Over 20 principals urge transfer test suspension
01/06/2020 | news | uk | 20
The group, which represents north Down primaries, oppose the tests during "abnormal circumstances".
'Delay plastic ban so Covid lessons are learned'
01/06/2020 | news | uk | 29
The Welsh Government intends to outlaw or restrict a range of products from 2021.
PPE supplies 'stable but fragile'
01/06/2020 | news | uk | 15
There is enough PPE "for the next three months", the deputy minister in charge of stocks says.
Loganair flights relaunch from Aberdeen to Birmingham and Newcastle
01/06/2020 | news | uk | 42
The airline will operate two routes from Monday as a first step towards restoring full services.
Suspended NHS services to be gradually restarted
31/05/2020 | news | uk | 261
The Scottish government has announced plans to restore NHS services such as cancer referrals.
Coronavirus: Raab defends relaxation of lockdown rules
31/05/2020 | news | uk | 6,123
The foreign secretary stresses the "cautious" approach adopted, ahead of measures easing in England.
Two households can meet outside from Monday
29/05/2020 | news | uk | 730
Non-essential shops should use the next three weeks to "prepare safeguarding", the FM says.
UK sees sunniest spring on record
29/05/2020 | news | uk | 780
England is set to have its driest May in 124 years as some areas warn of drought conditions.
More than half of NI Covid deaths linked to care homes
29/05/2020 | news | uk | 13
Nisra figures show that by 22 May, 53.1% of the 716 deaths have been care home residents.
NHS Seacole: Covid-19 rehab centre takes first patients
29/05/2020 | news | uk | 144
Covid-19 survivors can require heart, lung and muscle therapy, or psychological and social care.
Coronavirus: What stage comes next for the lockdown?
29/05/2020 | news | uk | 474
From Monday, people will be able to meet others from different households outside.
Coronavirus: National Trust to reopen gardens and parks
29/05/2020 | news | uk | 465
Those who pre-book will be able to visit some sites in England and Northern Ireland from 3 June.
New date agreed for UN climate summit in Glasgow
28/05/2020 | news | uk | 235
The COP26 UN summit, which was postponed due to coronavirus, will now take place between 1 and 12 November 2021.
NI aims to allow small outdoor weddings in June
28/05/2020 | news | uk | 93
Some large retail outlets could also reopen on 8 June, under plans set out by the NI Executive.
Virus test and trace system kicks off
28/05/2020 | news | uk | 133
Thousands of contact tracers are tracking down close contacts of people with coronavirus.
More than 307,000 wait for first appointment
28/05/2020 | news | uk | 27
The next quarter's figures will be "more depressing" given the Covid-19 crisis, says the health minister.
Scottish lockdown easing to begin on Friday
28/05/2020 | news | uk | 1,664
People from two different households will be able to meet outdoors in small groups of up to eight.
The billions being spent on coronavirus in Wales
27/05/2020 | news | uk | 321
The Welsh Government reveals how it is spending £2.4bn on tackling the coronavirus pandemic.
Contact tracing to be phased in from 1 June
27/05/2020 | news | uk | 140
Contacts of those who have tested positive for Covid-19 will be asked to self-isolate.
Coronavirus: Schools and workplaces could see 'local lockdowns'
27/05/2020 | news | uk | 1,547
Restrictions could be introduced if there is a local flare-up of coronavirus, a minister says.
Brexit deal 'could bring advantages to NI'
27/05/2020 | news | uk | 252
The advantages would be dependent on minimising checks between GB and NI, says agriculture minister.
Coronavirus: Local lockdowns will be used to suppress 'flare-ups', says Hancock
27/05/2020 | news | uk | 169
The health secretary says coronavirus restrictions are part of plans to suppress infections in England.
Scots' fears over lockdown economic impact
27/05/2020 | news | uk | 566
Scotland's coronavirus restrictions are set to be eased, but what do Scots think about the future?
Plan to boost environment post-virus urged
27/05/2020 | news | uk | 35
The RSPB wants less focus on building new roads in favour of improving public transport.
Politicians back plans to fast track budget bill
26/05/2020 | news | uk | 78
The finance minister has warned a number of executive departments could run out of cash this summer.
No Covid-19 deaths reported in NI on Tuesday
26/05/2020 | news | uk | 118
It is the first time since 18 March that no new deaths have been reported - a "clear sign of progress" according to the health minister.
Coronavirus: Bus and train passengers 'expected' to wear face coverings
26/05/2020 | news | uk | 293
Public transport could be reduced to as little as 10% of normal capacity under the phase one plan.
Next steps for Welsh lockdown due on Friday
26/05/2020 | news | uk | 567
Health minister says people in Wales will be told of any relaxation of the rules in three days time.
Scottish test and trace scheme to start on Thursday
26/05/2020 | news | uk | 724
People who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive will now be traced and told to self-isolate.
Coronavirus crisis a chance to 'end rough sleeping'
26/05/2020 | news | uk | 286
Almost 15,000 rough sleepers have been in emergency accommodation since the start of the lockdown.
Councils will take 'generation' to pay for virus
26/05/2020 | news | uk | 129
Raising council taxes would be a "very undesirable outcome", the local government association says.
'Meaningful' school opening needs distancing change
26/05/2020 | news | uk | 27
Head of one of NI's biggest schools says social distancing guidelines will need to change for pupils.
Expiring driving licences to be extended
26/05/2020 | news | uk | 10
Driving licences expiring between 1 February and 31 August 2020 will be valid for seven more months.
Scots' concerns over UK handling of lockdown
26/05/2020 | news | uk | 596
Scotland's virus restrictions are set to be eased, but what do Scots think about how the crisis has been handled?
Quarantine plans for UK arrivals unveiled
23/05/2020 | news | uk | 4,734
From 8 June, people arriving in the UK must self-isolate for 14 days - but some workers will be exempt.
Coronavirus: NI chief constable issues bank holiday plea to public
22/05/2020 | news | uk | 117
Northern Ireland must "keep the momentum" going in adhering to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, says Simon Byrne.
UK arrivals could be fined for breaking quarantine
22/05/2020 | news | uk | 1,904
Travellers to the UK must self-isolate for 14 days from next month, the government is expected to announce.
£25m farming package 'not a magic bullet'
22/05/2020 | news | uk | 14
Edwin Poots says he hopes those who qualify for some of the cash will have it by the summer.
Acting earlier would have cut deaths - Sage member
22/05/2020 | news | uk | 1,065
Locking down the UK sooner would have made a big difference to the death rate, a scientific adviser says.
Coronavirus: Don't forget rural communities, farmer pleads
22/05/2020 | news | uk | 118
The economic impact of coronavirus could hit harder in rural communities, a farmer says.
NI 'needs network of off-road trails'
22/05/2020 | news | uk | 14
People taking regular exercise during the lockdown have seen major health benefits, a survey says.
Coronavirus: Weekend beach forecast creates 'perfect storm' of danger
22/05/2020 | news | uk | 36
A large swell and a loosening of the lockdown are a "recipe for disaster", beachgoers are warned.
Some pupils to return to school in late August
21/05/2020 | news | uk | 255
Children in key year groups will return ahead of others, says the education minister.
No more changes to NI lockdown restrictions yet
21/05/2020 | news | uk | 26
Ministers met to consider allowing people to visit family indoors, but have decided against it for now.
Resort locals 'shocked and angry' at beach crowds
21/05/2020 | news | uk | 104
Seaside town dwellers complain of crowds of people ignoring health fears for "a jolly on the beach".
Coronavirus: Scottish schools to reopen in August
21/05/2020 | news | uk | 212
Staff will return to schools next month to prepare for "a different model of learning" after the summer holidays.
Government defends fees for overseas NHS staff despite Tory criticism
21/05/2020 | news | uk | 440
A number of Conservatives are now calling for health and care workers to be exempt from the charge.
Coronavirus: Deal agreed for antibody virus tests on NHS
21/05/2020 | news | uk | 392
NHS staff will be prioritised for the blood tests, which check if someone has already had the coronavirus.
Coronavirus: Scottish lockdown easing to begin next week
21/05/2020 | news | uk | 4,311
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon unveils a four-phase "route map" aimed at relaxing the coronavirus restrictions.
Maximum lockdown penalties rise to £1,920 in Wales
21/05/2020 | news | uk | 185
But minimum penalties of £60 will not increase, despite demands from police chiefs.
PM faces rebels over NHS fee for overseas carers
21/05/2020 | news | uk | 651
It comes after Boris Johnson rejected calls to scrap the fees health workers must pay to use the NHS.
Welsh aviation sector needs 'major intervention'
21/05/2020 | news | uk | 125
Only Downing Street has enough money to help the aviation sector, Economy Minister Ken Skates says.
'No free school meals' during summer
21/05/2020 | news | uk | 42
The families of about 97,000 children have been receiving payments in place of free school meals.
'Herculean' number of cancer cases looming
21/05/2020 | news | uk | 27
Surgeons warn there could be a major rise in cancer cases in NI after the coronavirus pandemic.
Music industry hit by coronavirus 'catastrophe'
21/05/2020 | news | uk | 25
Government support is needed to prevent irreversible damage to Scotland's music scene, the industry says.
England beaches gridlock caused by cars 'from all over country'
20/05/2020 | news | uk | 2,586
A Devon car park is described as "like August", while a Merseyside council asks people to stay away.
Coronavirus: Track and trace system in place from June - PM
20/05/2020 | news | uk | 4,494
It comes as Labour accuses the government of leaving a "huge hole" in the UK's coronavirus defences.
Brexit: Government confirms new checks on goods entering NI from GB
20/05/2020 | news | uk | 608
Details of the plans are contained in UK proposals for implementing the NI part of the Brexit deal.