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The 16 sectors exempt from Covid isolation

The 16 sectors exempt from Covid isolation

A list of 16 sectors has been released where staff will be exempt from Covid isolation if they are fully vaccinated amid the growing 'pingdemic'.

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'If we don't use our High Street shops, we'll lose them'

'If we don't use our High Street shops, we'll lose them'

Shoppers could be given free parking in their town centres on Saturdays to help revive the local economy.

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Restaurant boss slams 'unworkable' Covid passports

Restaurant boss slams 'unworkable' Covid passports

The boss of a bar and restaurant group has described Covid passports as “unworkable” for the hospitality sector.

Is the 'pingdemic' leading to food and driver shortages?

Is the 'pingdemic' leading to food and driver shortages?

The age of the 'pingdemic' is upon us, but what does that mean for our supermarkets, businesses and transport.

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Popular restaurant shuts after Covid case

Popular restaurant shuts after Covid case

A positive Covid test for a member of staff at a popular Kent restaurant has resulted in its closure until further notice.

Covid outbreak at Wetherspoon pub sees hours cut

Covid outbreak at Wetherspoon pub sees hours cut

Numerous positive cases among staff at a high street pub has resulted in shorter trading times as much of the workforce is isolating at home.

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Anti-Amazon protest at Bluewater

Anti-Amazon protest at Bluewater

Protestors have stepped up their campaign against the retail giant after reporting Amazon to the regulator for 'price hikes during the pandemic'.

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Kent Covid cases rise by 2,200 in seven days

Kent Covid cases rise by 2,200 in seven days

Just one Kent district has seen a fall in Covid cases as the county's infection rate continues to climb, government figures reveal.

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Borough still cautious despite 'Freedom Day'

Borough still cautious despite 'Freedom Day'

As people prepared for the government's lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, some towns in a Kent borough were much more cautious than expected.

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A night out on 'Freedom Day'

A night out on 'Freedom Day'

Masks are optional and the dance floor is open, but what was it like to be back at a night club?

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How Kent responded to 'Freedom Day' mask change

How Kent responded to 'Freedom Day' mask change

As masks and social distancing are scrapped we sent reporters out and about to see how many people are adapting to something resembling normality.

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'I am still not going to supermarkets'

'I am still not going to supermarkets'

The easing of Covid restrictions might be a reason to celebrate for many but for some the unlocking is cause for considerable concern.

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Jabs plummet as 'Freedom Day' looms

Jabs plummet as 'Freedom Day' looms

The number of jabs administered in Kent has plummeted in recent weeks ahead of the much-anticipated 'Freedom Day'.

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Bookings open for winter flu jabs

Bookings open for winter flu jabs

Boots has opened flu jab bookings early, with slots for both NHS and private patients, saying it's preparing for a 'potential flu epidemic'.

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Hated High Street car ban will be axed

Hated High Street car ban will be axed

A temporary road closure which has lasted more than a year and described as ‘a nail in the coffin’ for small businesses will be lifted.

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Covid's £100m headache for county's finances

Covid's £100m headache for county's finances

The continuing costs of dealing with the impact of the pandemic could leave County Council facing a budget black hole of more than £100 million, its finance chiefs have warned.

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What we know so far about the Lambda variant found in the UK

What we know so far about the Lambda variant found in the UK

Cases of the Lambda variant have been found in the UK. With concerns it could be more transmissable, here's all you need to know about its arrival:

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PM urges caution over ditching face masks

PM urges caution over ditching face masks

People have been urged by the PM to remain cautious despite confirmation that the majority of Covid restrictions are to be lifted on July 19.

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