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Great news for takeaways in Crawley as Instagram introduces ordering feature through app



Any new way for businesses to operate during the Coronavirus pandemic is always going to be welcomed and this will certainly benefit takeaways.

Instagram is to introduce a feature that will allow people to order food directly via the app.

While restaurants may not be able to operate during the lockdown, anyone offering a takeaway service is still able to operate.

A new ‘Action’ button will be able to be added to a businesses profile which when tapped will allow someone to make a purchase.

Additionally a ‘Food Order’ sticker will also be able to be added to Instagram Stories.

The addition of the food ordering was launched in the US and Canada and is now being rolled out around the world.

Instagram also allowed gift cards to be sold and also a fundraising option though the app which is hoped will also come to the UK as well.


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



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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