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Back in business: Pubs, hairdressers and shops reopen as lockdown eases

Back in business: Pubs, hairdressers and shops reopen as lockdown eases

Business
Businesses have wasted little time in welcoming back customers after lockdown measures eased across the UK at midnight.Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the nation to "behave responsibly" as non-essential shops, hairdressers, salons, pubs, restaurants and gyms reopened in England. In Wales, people can now also visit non-essential shops and travel across the border to other areas of the UK from today.Meanwhile, people in Northern Ireland are now allowed to meet 10 others outside as the "stay at home" order has been scrapped.Live COVID updates from across the UK and around the world ...
Liam Neeson greets fans as NYC movie theaters reopen

Liam Neeson greets fans as NYC movie theaters reopen

Entertainment
March 6 (UPI) -- Actor Liam Neeson celebrated the reopening of New York City movie theaters with a personal appearance at a screening of his latest action film, The Marksman. The coronavirus pandemic kept city theaters closed for almost a year. Advertisement To mark the occasion, Neeson attended Friday's 7 p.m. screening of his film at the AMC Lincoln Square theater in Manhattan, Deadline reported. "Coming to a movie theater for me is like coming home," Neeson told the audience. "I find it sacred. That feeling has never changed." People.com published a photo of the screen star wearing a black face mask and holding a microphone as he spoke. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter before the event, the 68-year-old actor said he has gotten the first shot of the two-injection coronoavirus...
California’s Disneyland, outdoor stadiums could reopen April

California’s Disneyland, outdoor stadiums could reopen April

Business
March 5 (UPI) -- Disneyland could soon be opening its doors after California unveiled new guidelines Friday for the reopening of the state's theme parks. The California Department of Public Health announced it's restructuring its four-tier system dictating when outdoor amusement parks and sports stadiums can reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic. Advertisement Under the previous system, such establishments could only reopen when the county where they're located reached the yellow, or least-restrictive tier based on coronavirus numbers. The revamped system allows amusement parks to reopen with 15% capacity under the red, or second-strictest tier. Capacity grows to 25% under the third-strictest orange tier and 35% under the yellow tier. Outdoor sports and live performance venues can open to 1...
BA parent firm demands digital health passes to help reopen skies as it dives to £6.5bn loss

BA parent firm demands digital health passes to help reopen skies as it dives to £6.5bn loss

Business
The parent firm of British Airways has called for the introduction of digital health passes to help reopen the skies while revealing a €7.4bn (£6.5bn) annual loss as a result of coronavirus pandemic disruption.International Airlines Group (IAG) demanded a global approach, with common testing standards, as the travel industry reels from a disastrous 12 months that has largely grounded fleets and led to tens of thousands of job losses. The operating loss revealed by the company, which also includes Iberia and Aer Lingus among its stable of airlines, compares with profits of €2.6bn (£2.2bn) during 2019 - before COVID-19 struck its operations.Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world Much of the bottom line loss was blamed on a pre-tax charge of just over €3bn (£2.6bn) on fuel an...
Princess Latifa urges UK police to reopen sister’s kidnap case

Princess Latifa urges UK police to reopen sister’s kidnap case

World
SUPPLIEDPrincess Latifa, the captive daughter of Dubai's ruler, has appealed to UK police to re-investigate the kidnap of her older sister from a Cambridge street more than 20 years ago.In a letter shared with the BBC, Latifa tells Cambridgeshire police this could help free Princess Shamsa, who was captured on the orders of their father. Shamsa, who was just 18 then and is now 39, has not been seen in public since.The government of Dubai has not responded to BBC requests for comment.A High Court judge ruled in 2019, that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum had abducted both daughters and held them against their will. Last week BBC Panorama broadcast shocking videos Latifa had secretly recorded on a phone she had been given, in which she described how she was being held "hostage" by h...