Coins rattled again along the Great Yarmouth seafront as arcades reopened after three months of lockdown - but the feeling among business owners was a mixture of disappointment and restrained anticipation.
A lack of personal protective equipment fuelled the spread of coronavirus in Norfolk’s care homes, but maintenance workers, cooks and administrators may have been the reason the virus got into them in the first place - according to researchers.
Landlords at pubs across Great Yarmouth and Gorleston are polishing taps and arranging tables, one-way systems and hand sanitizer stations as venues prepare to open again after three months of lockdown.
The ways lockdowns could be brought into place in Norfolk if there are sudden outbreaks of coronavirus have been revealed, with the county’s director of public health warning “we are not out of the woods”.
Saturday, July 4 is the big day when pubs, restaurants, campsites, hotels, and caravan sites, can all reopen again. Reporter DAVID BALE found out how north Norfolk’s normally booming hospitality sector is getting ready.
Year 10 students at nine secondary schools across Norfolk and Waveney have started Saturday catch-up classes and will be returning early from their summer holidays, to make up for lessons lost during lockdown.
The pressure on the coffers of Norfolk County Council because of the impact of coronavirus has been reduced, council leaders have said - but they are still facing an overspend of nearly £16m by the end of the year.
Bike shops have seen a tenfold increase in sales and people coming to them for repairs, but will the trend last? We spoke to some of Norwich’s bike shops to get their thoughts on the current cycling boom.
A plea has been issued for people across Norfolk to take the coronavirus Test and Trace system seriously - and to isolate and get tested if they think they might have caught the virus or are contacted because they have been near somebody who has.
Despite assurance from government that leisure facilities will gradually begin reopening in July, bosses of family fun parks and amusement arcades say they are “still in the dark” as to exactly when that will be.
As the first week of trading draws to a close for many businesses since lockdown forced them to shut their doors, Clarissa Place has visited one Norwich street to see how its traders are bouncing back.
The “devastating” impact of coronavirus on older people in care homes and those getting care at home could have been avoided had it not been considered an “afterthought” by the government, the director of adult social care in the county has said.
Kieren O’Connor’s passionate approach has seen his London-based business, Growth Stream, successfully transform sales teams into high performers, earning more than £10 million in additional sales revenue for its clients.
Consumers have been urged to seek out British potatoes on supermarket shelves to help East Anglia’s growers shift the huge surplus generated by the loss of lockdown demand from chip shops and restaurants.
The coronavirus crisis has demonstrated the resilience of the region’s poultry businesses – and highlighted the true worth of “undervalued” migrant workers who have helped feed the nation, said sector leaders.
East Anglia’s farmers have continued the essential job of providing food for the nation during the coronavirus pandemic. We asked industry leaders what positive lessons could be learned from the crisis to improve agriculture’s future prospects.
An enterprising farm shop owner who launched online orders and home deliveries during the lockdown says the revived interest in local food means there has “never been a better time” for farmers to engage with consumers.
Jackie Peyton, who works as a manager in the pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation team for Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C), has been living away from home since April 27 after her partner received a letter from the government asking him to shield.
“Difficult decisions” could have to be taken if Norfolk County Council is to balance its books - because of a £20m shortfall between the estimated £63m cost of coronavirus and government funding to cover it.
A major East Anglian salad and vegetable grower said a “legendary” response from British workers to fill gaps in its harvest team could herald a “culture change” for the industry’s future careers appeal.
It will be crucial that Norfolk people telephoned and told to self isolate, when a new test and tracing system begins, do so if the spread of coronavirus is to be controlled, the county’s director of public health has urged.