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Ipswich’s Tourist Information Centre in St Stephen’s Church is unlikely to reopen at the end of the coronavirus crisis as the borough council struggles to fill a £10m black hole that the pandemic has opened up in its finances.

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Greater Anglia has increased its train services to a near-normal frequency – but is still repeating government advice to only use public transport if there is no other way to travel.

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I should be preparing to go on holiday today – we were supposed to be heading off for a week in Devon tomorrow but the coronavirus got in the way and instead we’re having a forced staycation, writes Paul Geater.

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Higher levels of air pollution increases the threat of catching and becoming seriously ill with Covid-19 – and now a Suffolk MP has added his voice to calls for the government to take more steps to reduce the risk by making air cleaner.

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The re-opening of town centres this week appears to have gone very well in both Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds – and some of the smaller towns in the area have also been seeing shoppers return.

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Let us know about your community heroes, so we can spotlight their wonderful achievements as part of this year’s Suffolk Day celebrations.

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Primark has given shoppers an advance glimpse of how its stores will look inside once they reopen on Monday, with many changes designed to keep customers safe.

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The public toilets in the Corn Exchange will open for shoppers from Monday after most stores and shopping centres revealed they would be keeping theirs closed despite efforts to attract shoppers back to the town centre.

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Many people have long since given up on the idea of MPs setting any kind of good example to the country, so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised by the comedy scenes we saw this week of them queuing up to disenfranchise MPs who are ill and find new ways of spreading Covid-19 among themselves.

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“Keep left signs” on streets for pedestrians and the closure to traffic of one of the busiest roads in Ipswich are two of the changes being introduced to make shoppers feel safer when some non-essential stores reopen from June 15.

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A Suffolk MP has rebelled against the government and labelled the decision to end remote voting in Parliament “utter madness” after waiting more than 30 minutes in a queue to cast his vote at the despatch box.

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Don’t expect to be back in the dentist’s chair on Monday week - that was the blunt warning from local surgeries after the government announced dental services could restart from June 8.

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The National Trust is starting to reopen some of its countryside and parkland – but visitors will have to book in advance to ensure they are able to park while maintaining social distancing.

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Changes to the way children are taught could continue into the next academic year as schools adapt to deal with coronavirus, Suffolk education leaders have said.

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Ipswich council has officially cancelled all its planned events in the town until the late autumn because of the uncertainty over how the lockdown will be eased during the next few months.

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Dominic Cummings is an arrogant, out-of-touch fool who should have apologised to the country and handed in his resignation to the Prime Minister by 10am on Saturday morning.

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Half of the business space in town centres may not reopen to customers after the end of lockdown – that’s the stark warning from Ipswich Central chief executive Paul Clement.

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Offices of Conservative MPs in the area have received a deluge of emails from angry constituents over the bank holiday weekend – the vast majority expressing disgust at the actions of Dominic Cummings in driving to Durham during the lockdown.

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This Suffolk-based care equipment specialist has created a unique video to thank key workers.

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Suffolk MP and former health minister Dr Dan Poulter has welcomed the news that NHS and care workers who are not British citizens will be exempt from a controversial health surcharge.

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Passengers could be reluctant to return to trains even after lockdown restrictions are eventually lifted according to a new survey commissioned by the official transport watchdog.

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Two new reports have flagged up the importance of nature to people living in towns and the countryside – just as an annual campaign supported by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust is due to start.

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The bosses of Greater Anglia and Network Rail in the east have issued a joint statement about the current situation on the region’s trains.

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Fine weather and a relaxation of some lockdown rules is expected to tempt some people to go out for a family trip to the coast or countryside this weekend – but what facilities will they find when they get there?

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How long will it take retailers to recover from the impact of the lockdown? New figures suggest that shopping habits have changed significantly over the last two months – but will there be any major recovery and if there is, how long will it take.

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Restrictions on taking exercise may be easing – but the RSPB’s Minsmere is unlikely to welcome visitors for some time, because the birds and the bees haven’t got their heads around social distancing!

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I am a naturally cautious person – and right now I am very concerned about what the subtle changes to lockdown introduced by the government this week will do to the country and to our ability to fight coronavirus, writes Paul Geater.

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The government is to retain its furlough scheme until October – but from August there will be changes to bring staff back to work and for employers to share more of the cost of wages.

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Face coverings for people visiting shops or using public transport, some children returning to school, some televised sports resuming in June, and the possibility of some bars, restaurants and cinemas opening their doors again in July.

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Suffolk is waiting to hear how much it will get from the government to encourage more people to walk or cycle to work as part of a £2bn boost for sustainable transport over the next few weeks.

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