‘Steep rebound’ in UK construction output as more sites reopen | Business News

The UK construction industry saw a “steep rebound” in output during June as more building sites reopened due to the coronavirus lockdown easing.

The closely followed IHS Markit/CIPS construction purchasing managers’ index (PMI) had a reading of 55.3 last month, from 28.9 in May.

Analysts had forecast a reading of 46 for the month.

Any reading above 50 represents an increase in activity.

Tim Moore, economics director at IHS Markit, said: “June’s survey data revealed a steep rebound in UK construction output as more sites began to reopen and the supply chain kicked into gear.

“House building led the way with the fastest rise in activity for nearly five years, while commercial and civil engineering also joined in the recovery from the low point seen in April.

“As the first major part of the UK economy to begin a phased return to work, the strong rebound in construction activity provides

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Coronavirus: Boris Johnson warns people not to ‘overdo it’ as pubs prepare to reopen on Saturday | Politics News

Downing Street has warned people not to “overdo it” when the coronavirus lockdown in England is eased this weekend.

Pubs, bars and restaurants will be able to welcome customers for the first time in more than three months on Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic.

When he announced the major relaxation of the COVID-19 lockdown, Boris Johnson said “our long, national hibernation is coming to an end” and “life is returning to our streets”.

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But as the weekend nears, the prime minister’s spokesman has said: “We do want people to be able to enjoy themselves but at the same time, now we have got coronavirus under control we need to keep it under control.

“The guidance is there, we want people to follow it and then we can make more progress together in the fight against coronavirus.

“The PM has said that it

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Coronavirus: Hairdressers reopen and gatherings of up to 50 people now allowed in Ireland | World News

Hairdressers have reopened and gatherings of up to 50 people are now allowed in Ireland as it eases out of lockdown.

From today, employees can return to work if they have low levels of interaction with their colleagues.

Some pubs can reopen while barbers and hairdressers are welcoming back customers.

Ceira Lambert, the owner of Ceira Lambert Hair Consultancy in Co Dublin, said every customer has to wear a mask

Small social gatherings, up to 50 people, can be held indoors while outdoor gatherings up to 200 people are allowed.

Creches and pre-schools for children of essential workers can now reopen in a “phased manner” while childminders who look after them can work again.

Non-essential retail outlets, with street level entrances and exits, and playgrounds can also reopen.

The move is part of the progression from phase two to phase three of its five step system to lift the

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Britain’s cultural venues to reopen without crowds and queues

Giant, colour-filled canvases have hung from the walls of the Whitechapel Gallery in London for the past three months, their epic scale witnessed only by the occasional security guard. 

“They’re like sleeping beauties, slumbering away behind closed doors, waiting to be awakened by the eye of the public,” said Iwona Blazwick, the gallery’s director.

The Whitechapel will soon open its doors again, inviting Britain’s art lovers to go for their cultural fix at the “Radical Figures” exhibition that was put on hold in March.

From next weekend, England will be freed from many of the restrictions imposed during the coronavirus lockdown. Pubs, restaurants and hotels will reopen alongside visitor attractions such as museums, cinemas and galleries — places for people to wander through and think, talk with friends and take families for days out.

The return of places of “congregation and enjoyment . . . so important after this period

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