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All Crawley pubs, cafes, nightclubs, bars, restaurants, leisure centres and gyms to close from tonight

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told all cafes, nightclubs, bars, theatres, restaurants, leisure centres and gyms to close from tonight Fri 20th March.

The instructions, which apply across the country, are to try to stop the continued spread of the coronavirus.

The PM addressed those who were considering going out tonight to meet friends at a bar or pub or going to a restaurant asking them all to not go out.

The news comes as the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new raft of measures to help protect peoples wages with grants available to businesses covering 80% of salaries with an upper limit of £2,500 per month.

Only two days ago K2 Crawley had announced that they would be staying open until they were told by the government to close. The same had also been reported by other gyms in the town.

Many restaurants and cafes were also still operating with many people seen enjoying coffee outside the premises in Queens Sq.

Now, the decision to stay open has been taken away from them all and after tonight they all must close tonight as soon as possible. Delivery services are still allowed to operate.

Shops, however, are not at risk of closure at the moment which will still allow smaller corner shops to operate as well as the larger supermarkets.

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How safe is my school in Crawley? Education union launches COVID-19 map

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The National Education Union, the largest education union in the UK and Europe which represents over 450,000 members has launched a new website that they say provides ‘accurate, accessible and up-to-date information about the Covid-19 rate in the locality of every school in England.’

The site is aimed at people being able to check what the levels of Covid are around the school and whether the school is on a watch list or not.

They say the site is updated weekly, and the data will show the number of Covid-19 cases in a school’s surrounding area, the trend since last week (an increase or decrease in case numbers), whether or not the school is on a watchlist, and links to any local restrictions in place.

They add:

“In much of the country the map will offer reassurance that case numbers are quite low. In others, it will reinforce public health messaging from local authorities and Government that cases are higher. In all situations it will encourage members of the public to follow all public health guidance.

Where cases are higher, it will support head teachers in encouraging parents and other visitors to school sites to maintain social distancing and hygiene.”

Commenting on the launch, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: 

“Everyone in the education sector has worked hard to make full opening of schools, colleges and universities as successful as possible this autumn, but they have been let down by the Government which hasn’t even ensured that Covid testing has kept pace with need.

“But this website will also encourage parents to support our asks of the Government that they help to support safety in our schools and colleges.

“Parents, students and staff also need urgent answers on next year’s exams, and how fit for purpose they will be. This is in light of not only the past summer’s fiasco, but also the disruption of local lockdowns in the months ahead.”

You can check the information around your local school at their new site by clicking here.

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