Coronavirus: Bowling alleys, stadiums and salons have lockdown rules eased – as mask fines doubled | Politics News

Fines of up to £3,200 for repeatedly not wearing a mask have been announced by Boris Johnson alongside eased lockdown measures for bowling alleys, casinos, skating rinks and beauty salons.

The prime minister says he wants to ease lockdown rules to help people get back to work and enjoy things they have missed – but there will be tougher penalties for repeat offenders who flout the rules.

The maximum fine for not wearing a mask is to be doubled from £1,600 to £3,200 and fines of up to £10,000 are planned for “senseless” people who host or organise illegal raves that put lives at risk.

But at the same time, the PM says lockdown rules will be eased to allow:

  • Bowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos to reopen for the first time as well as indoor play and soft play centres
  • Beauty salons, tattoo studios, spas and barbers in England
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Coronavirus pandemic and China data in focus

A stack of U.S. $100 bills is being counted.

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The dollar drifted higher on Friday, helped by strong U.S. jobs data as well as firmer global demand for safe-havens amid concerns about the coronavirus recovery, setting the currency up to potentially snap a seven-week losing streak.

Soft Chinese retail and production figures cast a pall over the mood in Asia, dragging on the risk-sensitive Australian and New Zealand dollars.

The Aussie was last 0.2% softer at $0.7138 and has settled in to a range around that level after pulling back from a 18-month high hit a week ago.

The kiwi was under pressure at $0.6537 as the country also faces a fresh Covid-19 outbreak and after dovish comments from the central bank this week. Other majors were mostly flat, but the euro hovered above $1.18.

“Risk sentiment is slowing down,” said Westpac FX

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Coronavirus: Year-high spike in online job adverts signals upturn in demand | Business News

Online job adverts have seen a year-high spike in a sign demand for labour is returning following the coronavirus lockdown.

In the first week of August the total volume of vacancies on offer increased from 53% to 62% of its 2019 average, the largest weekly increase in 2020, according to the Office for National Statistics.

This marks a departure from the previous trend, where online job adverts had remained close to half their 2019 average since the second week of June, said the ONS.







‘No crystal ball’ on future of UK economy

The upturn offers a rare glimmer of light in an otherwise gloomy economic outlook following confirmation the UK had dived into its largest recession on record and figures showing 730,000 jobs had been lost since the coronavirus lockdown began.

The ONS’s latest survey of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis based its data on adverts provided by the

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Coronavirus: TUI considers business sales to help it weather holiday crisis | Business News

TUI, the world’s largest holidays operator, says it is considering selling off parts of its business to bring down debt as it navigates the coronavirus crisis.

The firm, which announced last month that it was to shut 166 high street stores across the UK and Ireland as part of a massive costs drive, reported a £1.3bn loss in the three months to June.

Revenues in the period came in at just £67.8m compared to £4.2bn in the same period last year.

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TUI wants to save hundreds of millions of pounds per year across its business

TUI revealed its third quarter figures just 24 hours after it announced a second credit line, with the German government, taking its war chest of available cash to £2.2bn.

Chief Executive Fritz Joussen said he did not know yet whether TUI would need the extra money but the company wanted to be prepared for

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