• The Guardian view on the pandemic's impact on women: sound the alarm | Editorial

    The Guardian view on the pandemic's impact on women: sound the alarm | Editorial
    To prevent inequality from increasing, we need a recovery plan with care at its heartIt is several months since the public was alerted to stark differences in the level of threat posed by Covid-19 according to their age, sex and underlying health. As the pandemic progressed, it became clearer that people of colour and those on lower incomes faced a heightened risk. Men in the UK have died from Covid-19 at almost twice the rate of women, with the most pronounced difference in older age groups. Am
  • England's evening high street footfall soars as pubs reopen

    England's evening high street footfall soars as pubs reopen
    Saturday post-5pm visitors up as lockdown eased for bars, restaurants and moreCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCities and towns across England recorded a surge in evening visitors on the first day for pubs and bars reopening after more than three months of lockdown.According to Springboard, a company that measures the number of potential customers at retail and hospitality outlets, footfall on England’s high streets after 5pm surged by more than a third on
  • Evening footfall on England's high streets soars as pubs reopen

    Evening footfall on England's high streets soars as pubs reopen
    Saturday post-5pm visitors up as lockdown eased for bars, restaurants and moreCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCities and towns across England recorded a surge in evening visitors on the first day of pubs and bars opening after more than three months of lockdown.According to Springboard, a company that measures the number of potential customers at retail and hospitality outlets, footfall on England’s high streets after 5pm surged by more than a third on Sat
  • Sunak considers £500 vouchers for all UK adults to spend in Covid-hit firms

    Sunak considers £500 vouchers for all UK adults to spend in Covid-hit firms
    Chancellor urged to introduce a scheme that has jump-started other countries’ blighted hospitality and retail sectors
    Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageRadical plans to give all adults £500 and children £250 in vouchers to spend in sectors of the economy worst hit by the Covid-19 crisis are being considered by the Treasury.The proposals, drawn up by the Resolution Foundation think tank, which has had recent talks with the Treasury about its ideas
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  • I left my heart in the Luton airport branch of Bella Italia ...

    I left my heart in the Luton airport branch of Bella Italia ...
    Memories were made alongside the carbonara and chianti. But now it’s time to say ciao as the high street fixture is culled by Covid-19The Covid-19 era has been a sensitive time for the high street. To a roll of honour that includes TM Lewin, Monsoon Accessorize, Le Pain Quotidien, Warehouse, Victoria’s Secret, Cath Kidston and Laura Ashley, we must now add Café Rouge and Bella Italia, which went into administration last week. These brands won’t all vanish entirely. Some