Coronavirus in Norfolk

Subscribe and listen to the EDP Daily Podcast bringing you the latest news and updates on Coronavirus in your area

A call has been made for Norwich City Council to reopen its playgrounds and to trust parents to sanitise the hands of children using them.

Patients will be able to receive visitors for the first time at Norfolk’s largest hospital since coronavirus restrictions were introduced as it launches a new appointment system next week.

More than £1 million has been paid out to around 120 businesses that have been hit by the coronavirus lockdown in north Norfolk as part of a special scheme.

Two of the three major hospitals in Norfolk have seen no new coronavirus deaths in the last month, figures reveal.

The director of Beccles Lido says he is delighted he will be able to reopen - but frustrated that the news came with less than 48 hours notice.

A holiday resort is emerging from lockdown completely remodelled with 50 new restaurant suites providing “dining bubbles” for its all-inclusive guests.

Decisions over new developments in Norwich will once again be taken by members of the city council’s planning committee from next month - after councillors agreed to start virtual meetings.

A circus fears the big top could be consigned to the history books unless it can hit the road again soon.

A cycle speedway club is among the first in the UK to return to the track, but will not be able to race - for the first time in its 54-year history.

A Norfolk council has warned it is facing “substantial financial challenges” and may have to make cuts to services due to the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown.

The number of diagnosed coronavirus cases in Norfolk has fallen to fewer than 15 a week.

Norwich traders have been given a confidence boost this weekend after experiencing a hustle and bustle in the city centre similar to a “normal” Saturday.

A Norwich MP has called on the government to look into the idea of a four-day working week to help the country recover from the coronavirus lockdown.

Prime minister Boris Johnson’s comments that “too many care homes didn’t really follow the procedures” in dealing with coronavirus had no justification, says a Norfolk expert in infectious diseases.

A councillor has raised “anxiety” over what his district will get in return from its contribution to a £7.7m pot to launch the county’s Covid-19 economic bounceback.

North Norfolk theatres have turned red to highlight the plight of the performing arts sector, which is struggling to survive after months of lockdown.

A team of volunteers are helping to combat loneliness and isolation during the coronavirus pandemic - and say they are available for friendly chats with people who are struggling.

The gardens around Mannington Hall, a moated medieval country house in north Norfolk, have reopened for visitors as the coronavirus lockdown eases.

A nurse paid tribute to his friends and colleagues as he told the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge how he battled coronavirus.

A new club president has said they are rising to the challenge during the current crisis to help others, despite fundraising events being ‘impossible’ to hold.

The number of people at Norfolk’s hospital A&E departments is “steadily” returning to pre-lockdown levels.

A Norfolk council has stressed the need to “instil confidence” to boost the tourist economy, as visitors begin returning to the area’s beaches and coastal towns.

A Norfolk restaurant owner has expressed his happiness at reopening for the first time in months but said his business needs more customers to survive.

Concerns have been raised over the impact which coronavirus lockdown is having on the mental health and education of Norfolk’s children.

A Norfolk hospital has launched a review into the death of every coronavirus patient to ensure the very best care if it faces a second wave in future.

The “innate common sense” of people in Norfolk has helped keep down the number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the county, according to the county councillor with responsibility for public health.

One of the steam locomotives on the North Norfolk Railway has been given a very 2020 touch ahead of the line’s reopening.

The parents of 2,500 babies born in Norfolk during lockdown are still unable to register their births - creating problems for some families who hope to go abroad.

A village has raised a toast to a local inn to show its appreciation to the landlady and her team for supporting residents during lockdown.

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.

Relief was in the air on the Great Yarmouth seafront as Joyland reopened with its famous snails trundling again after an extended hibernation.

A Norfolk councillor has hit out at government funding news which will see the county get a share of just over £30m as “crumbs”.

Prince William dropped into a Norfolk pub for a plate of chips and a glass of cider, to find out how it was gearing up to reopen on Saturday.

While some have been counting down the hours until the further easing of coronavirus restrictions, not everyone is going to be flocking to enjoy greater freedoms.

Pubs, restaurants, outdoor attractions and places of worships are among the latest areas to open their doors again as the largest easing of lockdown measures come into effect today.

Places of worship will be allowed to resume services under new guidance from today.

Norfolk’s largest hospital has marked its first “Covid free” day for the first time in four months.

Do not let traders down, that is the message from the prime minister ahead of the reopening of many businesses on Saturday.

A market that was closed over planned demonstration claims will now reopen following a ‘fruitful meeting’ between a town council and traders.

New service times, registering who is attending and a continued presence online are some of the steps being taken by places of worship as they prepare to reopen.

Traders on a city street set to be temporarily pedestrianised have hit out over the measures which they say are a “stab in the back”.

A seaside town is set to welcome back the holidaymakers as lockdown rules are relaxed this weekend.

Wedding bells will ring out for the first time in three months this weekend and for one Norfolk couple, it only meant a day’s wait.

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.

Norfolk has been given about £100,000 less than ‘disappointed’ council bosses thought they would get from the government to make changes to roads to keep people safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Norfolk’s director of public health has joined growing calls urging those who do head out to act responsibly by protecting themselves and others reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Fears have been raised that an announcement of extra cash is unlikely to cover the impact to Norfolk County Council’s coffers because of the cost of coping with coronavirus in the county.

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.

People in locked-down Leicester are being warned to stay away from the Norfolk coast as seaside attractions prepare to reopen on “Super Saturday”.

Businesses in Great Yarmouth could be eligible for grants of up to £25,000 as the borough council expands a financial assistance scheme for traders impacted by coronavirus.

Enjoy yourselves safely and sensibly this weekend - that is the message from health bosses who are preparing for a surge in demand at Norfolk’s A&E departments.

A Norfolk shop owner has said businesses have to work harder at providing a service and hopes customers will be encouraged to return to town after more stores reopen.

In late January, many of us still believed the effects of coronavirus would not impact our day-to-day lives.

It is 100 days since the biggest ever peacetime restrictions on our lives began.

The planned date when one of Norwich’s cinemas will reopen following lockdown for coronavirus has been pushed back - because major film releases have been delayed.

More than half of care homes in Breckland have reported outbreaks of Covid-19, figures reveal.

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”.

The government has warned councils against “excessive restrictions” on tips and public toilets in a bid to “support outdoor hospitality” and avoid harm to public health.

It has been three weeks since Norfolk’s largest hospital has reported a coronavirus-related death.

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.

Temperature checks will be carried out on visitors when a popular seaside attraction reopens.

A widely-used phrase throughout the past three months of lockdown has been: “We are all in the same storm, but not in the same boat.”

John Killet and Martin Mather, who run the Cheese Shed and Cheese Truckle on the Shepherds Business Park on Norwich Road, Lenwade, supply products to businesses across Norfolk.

The Mid-Norfolk Railway is hosting a Covid-19 testing station in the car park of Dereham station.

It’s a nerve-wracking time for pub owners across Great Yarmouth - with most planning a delicate return to the “new normal” after three months behind closed doors.

An extra 46,000 seats will become available on Greater Anglia services from next week as more people return to work.

Couples hoping to tie the knot once weddings are allowed to resume face shorter services, social distancing restrictions and no wedding reception under the new guidelines.

The mother of a child with additional needs has praised measures brought in to support families during lockdown, as the county’s community health trust looks at how it can reinstate services.

Vulnerable children are being referred to social services in Norfolk half as often as before the coronavirus lockdown came into force, it has been revealed.

The head of a city homelessness charity has welcomed a £105m funding package to help end rough sleeping but warned there were still challenges ahead.

Thousands of pounds have been donated to buy items for patients and staff at Norfolk’s biggest hospital.

A trader has said the forced closure of a market over protest claims has been “soul destroying.”

The theft of loo roll and liquid soap at the start of the pandemic forced a Norfolk council to close almost half its public toilets, it has been revealed.

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.

Norfolk’s heritage railways are steaming towards reopening, albeit at a gentle pace.

Norfolk is ready to play a key role in prime minister Boris Johnson’s Project Speed to fuel the country’s economic recovery, say county leaders.

Enjoying a cuppa while scouting for a bargain at a car boot sale has been a Great British tradition for decades.

Almost £2m could be spent on further changes to how traffic and people move around Norwich and Norfolk’s biggest towns due to coronavirus - and some alterations could be permanent.

Two of East Anglia’s major zoos hope part of a £100m government rescue package will help them survive the coronavirus.

A north Norfolk caterer who found herself without work during the coronavirus lockdown turned her hand to a great British tradition to get by.

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.

Free meals for schoolchildren should happen every holiday, not just during the coronavirus pandemic, says an organisation which has been helping keep some of the city’s most vulnerable youngsters fed.

Holidays abroad could be back on the cards this summer after ministers confirmed the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days when coming back to the UK would be scrapped for many destinations.

Water use has soared during lockdown - by the equivalent of people drinking 80 extra cups of tea a day.

The streets of Norwich are slowly beginning to sing again.

Over the last few months, Norfolk’s families will have had to be inventive in how they’ve entertained their youngsters.

A bowling alley is set to reopen as a bar and restaurant while its lanes remain closed.

New statistics have shown how visits to Norfolk’s parks and open spaces have soared during the coronavirus pandemic - and how people have begun returning to work, the shops and on to public transport.

A Norfolk hospital and university are using cutting edge technology including 360 degree video to train staff for a potential second wave of coronavirus.

A £7.7m pot is to be created to kickstart Norfolk’s economic recovery from the impact of coronavirus - with the hope the government will double that figure.

The bulk of traffic will be banned from two Norwich city centre streets within days to help cafes and restaurants thrive and for pedestrians to maintain social distancing.

A £75,000 plan to put a set of historic church bells back into use for the first time in 90 years has been delayed after the coronavirus pandemic left volunteers unable to lend a hand.

Police moved in to disperse a gathering of about 70 young people who were jumping into the water and swimming in west Norfolk.

Charities, which have seen a rise in domestic abuse victims needing help during the coronavirus lockdown, have welcomed the award of almost a quarter of a million pounds to help their crucial work.

A Norfolk teacher has been helping the vulnerable and those on the shielding list during lockdown.

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 coronavirus survivor who required treatment at the very hospital he helped to open was among the patients that trailed a breakthrough drug to reduce virus-related deaths.

A £1m pot of cash can be used by community groups to make adaptations to buildings to allow social distancing, council bosses have said.

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.

A chef has taken over a hospital’s kitchens to cook up a treat for hard-working NHS staff.

An appeal has been launched to save a heritage centre which attracted about 2200 visitors last year but has been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Norfolk must remember the danger of coronavirus when further easing measures begin next week, the head of the county’s response group has said.

Unlike hair salons, much of the beauty industry has still not been given the green light to get back to business on July 4.

Prime minister Boris Johnson announced an easing of lockdown rules on Tuesday, and we’d love your views on the changes that are due to come into effect from July 4.

A final delivery of weekly parcels has been made to North Walsham hospital staff by its Friends group.

Shoppers and commuters will be able to use some park and ride services again from next week.

Norwich’s global market is going online for the first time as it continues showcasing products made by international communities living across Norfolk.

A city councillor who sparked outrage by branding Covid-19 the “biggest con in history” left his former group due to divisions over his “incredibly insulting attitude”, it has been revealed.

A restaurant will be rushed off its feet when it reopens after lockdown as customers flock to its new outdoor dining pods.

Staff at two wind farms off the Norfolk coast have helped the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic by sewing ear savers and shaving their head, respectively.

With lockdown restrictions on the hospitality industry easing next month, campsites across Norfolk and Waveney have been experiencing an upsurge in calls and bookings.

Councillors in Great Yarmouth have given themselves a pat on the back over their response to coronavirus - claiming their recovery plan is “streets ahead” of others around the county.

Can we watch live sports matches in pubs? How can we enjoy a bar meal?

A city councillor has been blasted by his colleagues after he described COVID-19 as a “little virus” which is “the biggest con in history”.

Norfolk county council has been criticised for a technical “fiasco” which forced them to reschedule a key oversight meeting into the work of its children’s services.

The prime minister has encouraged people to take a staycation in a Norfolk town.

Children from underprivileged backgrounds are not returning to schools “in the numbers they could and should”, the prime minister had said.

The exotic inhabitants of a Norfolk zoo are coming face to face with visitors for the first time in three months.

Boris Johnson has announced lockdown restrictions are to be eased across England from July 4 - but some businesses must stay shut.

Families and friends from two households will be allowed to stay overnight in new measures announced by the prime minister.

Potters Resort at Hopton has become the latest in a chain of regional employers to begin redundancy consultations as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

A market will be shut down for two weeks after it was revealed protestors were planning to demonstrate against a council’s safety measures.

Dozens of wild and wonderful animals flocked to north Norfolk and descended on one of its villages in a bid to support local zoos.

A YMCA charity shop in Great Yarmouth will reopen this week.

The first pavement markers, known as decals, that remind people to keep social distancing have been placed in Sheringham.

A rendition of Elton John’s I’m Still Standing has proven a hit on a school’s YouTube video channel.

The relaxing of the two-metre social distancing rule is set to be discussed as part of new government plans today.

Pubs, restaurants, museums and cinemas are set to find out today how they could begin reopening in new measures to be set out by the prime minister.

A Norfolk Girlguiding and Scout group are calling on community support to raise funds for their ‘dreary’ hut facilities after fundraising events were cancelled.

Joy over being able to spend time with friends and grandchildren, but concerns about logic, are among the reactions from Norfolk ‘shielders’ as new plans are announced to ease measures next month.

A seaside council has provided financial support to almost nine-tenths of the borough’s businesses over the course of the pandemic, but 70pc say it will take them longer than six months to recover.

A wedding business is pledging to make 2021 the Year of Love when couples can tie the knot again.

An animal charity is bracing itself for a surge in rescues as lockdown eases and people go back to work.

Plans to get Norfolk’s libraries re-opened again are being worked on - but council bosses are tight-lipped about how they would run when they do.

The boss of a popular children’s attraction fears she may not be able to open this summer.

Staff at a Norfolk school delivered leaver gifts in costume to spread ‘cheer’ to pupils after they missed out during lockdown.

Loneliness and isolation in Norfolk during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond is being tackled through the creation of a new befriending service.

Holkham Park is reopening this Sunday, June 21 along with its car park - just in time for a Father’s Day walk.

A generation of Norfolk’s children are at risk of being “failed” and “forgotten” as issues with already struggling support services are worsened by the impact of the coronavirus lockdown.

Face coverings are now compulsory on public transport - and pressure is building to make people wear them inside supermarkets and shops.

For decades, they were used to seeing each other every day.

The big question everyone’s asking this weekend is whether people should or should not wear face coverings in shops and supermarkets.

About 40 care homes in Norfolk are currently dealing with outbreaks of coronavirus, but health bosses have said they are relieved the situation did not reach the scales they feared it could.

An innovative network of places offering secure cycle parking could be created by Norwich businesses to encourage more people to use their bicycles for work.

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.

A Norfolk headteacher has said there is ‘little hope’ for a normal return for all pupils in September.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited businesses in Norfolk to show their support after they reopened this week following an ease in lockdown measures.

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.

A former coronavirus patient is elated that a clinical trial he was involved in has led to other patients receiving access to a drug that can reduce the risk of virus-related deaths.

The Welsh Cavalry has returned to its core business of soldiering after working to support the response to coronavirus in the region.

MPs in Norfolk and Suffolk are calling for more support for the creative arts sector after a damning report suggested one in five jobs nationally could be lost due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Every recycling centre in Norfolk should be up and running again by early next month, council bosses have said, as two further sites were reopened.

A popular free festival which was cancelled because of coronavirus will be going ahead online.

A plea has been issued for people not to give up social distancing and hand cleaning because they think they are safe from coronavirus - because the pandemic is still circulating in Norfolk.

A member of the public tried to throw social distance barriers and remove markers when a town’s market reopened, councillors said.

A unique white-knuckle ride has finally arrived at a Great Yarmouth amusement park after being marooned in a haulier due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Health bosses have attempted to clarify guidance on wearing face coverings to GP appointments, after practices were left out of the list of locations where it is now compulsory.

A hospital worker received a guard of honour as he was discharged after almost two months in hospital with coronavirus.

The number of positive coronavirus cases has fallen to five or less at Norfolk’s three main hospitals.

Further details have been revealed over how traffic could be restricted in some Norwich streets, so cafes can have outdoor seating and people can abide by social distancing rules.

A tourist information centre is being moved to a former coal shed which will not be staffed.

A hospital nurse is adapting to the new normal after recovering from coronavirus and returning to work.

A Norfolk chef has found another way to help feed the nation while restaurant kitchens are locked down – by answering the call to become a fruit picker.

Hospital bosses have warned against complacency after figures showed a large fall in the number of coronavirus-related deaths in Norfolk.

A Norwich trader woke up “in a completely new world” to learn the country was in lockdown after fighting sepsis.

A Norfolk tourist attraction is in “dire straits” and risks closing for good, due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, it has been revealed.

The first of 1,800 Norfolk pupils are to be given laptops and tablets through a government scheme to help them with home learning while not in school.

Three new coronavirus-related deaths have been reported at two of the county’s hospitals for the first time in nearly a week.

Norwich City sporting director Stuart Webber has revealed the unidentified player who tested positive for coronavirus has now returned a negative test in a further check with the club’s own doctor.

A 21-year-old cat was rescued after she was found in a car park.

Norfolk has been awarded just over £3.7m to support the new coronavirus NHS Test and Trace service through local lockdowns to stop the pandemic spreading in the county.

A £100,000 grant has funded new equipment to help Norwich scientists test 2,000 patient samples a day for coronavirus antibodies.

The Duke of Cambridge has made a surprise video call to a woman and her young son who have been shielding for the last three months.

Homelessness charities face a “desperate” funding situation due to the coronavirus lockdown, it has been warned.

The “vast majority” of passengers adhered to new face covering measures aboard the county’s buses and trains as new rules came into force today, say travel bosses.

A Norfolk town is starting to see a return to ‘normal’ again as non-essential shops reopened for the first time in months.

It sounds just the place if you want to cheer yourself up amid all the doom and gloom.

Manic Monday got off to a slow start as many shops reopened after almost three months of lockdown.

No new coronavirus deaths have been reported at Norfolk’s three main hospitals.

The two-metre social distancing rule could be reviewed by the government amid calls for it to be scrapped.

No new coronavirus deaths have been reported at Norfolk’s three main hospitals.

Vauxhall dealership Thurlow Nunn is reopening its doors across Norfolk but with stringent new safety measures in place.

The number of patients with coronavirus in the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital has fallen to one, while another 16 who have had Covid-19 are recovering.

Shoppers will have to keep to the left and keep their distance when many of a town’s shops reopen on Monday.

Teachers in north Norfolk have done a “phenomenal job” in getting children back to school, as part of the easing of lockdown, an MP said.

A Norwich woman whose father died is amongst a group of family members of coronavirus victims calling for an immediate public inquiry into the crisis.

Mushy peas on the side. Salt and vinegar on freshly-fried chips. Perhaps a dollop of curry sauce on top.

New and first-time parents who are facing a gap in support after giving birth due to lockdown can get help after a pair of professionals teamed up.

As lockdown measures continue to ease, reporter AARON MCMILLAN looked at one north Norfolk town’s top tourist attractions and what they will look like after the coronavirus.

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.

The rest of north Norfolk’s council-run toilets are set to reopen ahead of the resumption of trade on the high streets on Monday, June 15.

Norwich shoe shop Hotter will be one of the first stores to reopen out of more than 50 nationwide.

The number of people who have been fined for breaching lockdown restrictions in Norfolk now stands at more than 400, according to police figures.

A theatre in Great Yarmouth could be among the first in the country to re-open .

More than £650,000 has been shared out among bus operators in Norfolk to help them keep subsidised services running amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Narrower roadways, one-way pavements and 7,000 stickers telling people to social distance and wash their hands are part of a council’s plan to make its high streets safer.

A pride of lion-hearted Norfolk children are raising thousands of pounds to save their beloved local zoos from closure.

A well-known Norfolk chef is returning to the kitchen for the first time since lockdown began to offer a five-course menu for collection for Father’s Day.

A 90-year-old former volunteer with Aylsham Care Trust (ACT) is now receiving help in return during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Duchess of Cambridge has celebrated the “amazing” entries to her photographic project documenting life under lockdown.

A seaside town is asking residents to support businesses on their doorstep as lockdown eases.

The leader of Norfolk county council wants to “ramp up” the authority’s campaign for central government funding in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

A Norfolk councillor has raised concerns about accountability during lockdown and urged the authority to resume oversight meetings “as soon as possible”.

North Norfolk’s shops are getting ready to welcome back customers as they prepare to open after more than two months of closure.

Greater Anglia is set to temporarily close two of its Norfolk ticket offices following a lack of sales.

A young carer, who has been shopping for her isolating father during coronavirus lockdown, has called on supermarkets and stores to back a campaign to help people like her.

Lockdowns of buildings and businesses could be enforced if there are local outbreaks of coronavirus, but council bosses admit there is a lack of clarity on how it would actually work.

A rally celebrating the longest strike in British history has been cancelled for the first time since its inception.

The East Coast Truckers have cancelled what would have been its 35th annual children’s convoy.

Our corner of the world is peppered with stand-out local produce and celebrated places to grab a bite to eat.

A number of city centre roads could be shut, pavements widened and pedestrian streets made one way when Norwich shops reopen next week.

Non-essential shops in England can reopen on Monday, the government has confirmed, if they can comply with social distancing rules.

The firm behind a Lowestoft holiday agency said it acted “immediately” in offering refunds after a policy change because of coronavirus.

The death of a man with COVID-19 at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is the first hospital death related to coronavirus in the county recorded for six days.

People with concessionary bus passes will no longer be able to use them on Norfolk’s buses before 9.30am on weekdays, after regulations relaxed during the coronavirus lockdown were put back in place.

Burger King has reopened another restaurant in Norwich as part of its phased plan across the UK.

Norwich’s Forum car park is to reopen on Monday, June 15 following the government’s latest coronavirus advice.

A town centre is preparing to welcome back the shoppers as lockdown eases.

A traditional smokehouse in north Norfolk has had to change the way it trades to survive during lockdown.

An artist has produced an NHS tribute featuring her trademark hares to raise money for a Norfolk hospital.

An independent trader who has reopened her shop has seen customers venturing back into town.

The leader of Norfolk’s county council has been criticised for being “virtually silent” over “growing cynicism” about senior government figures flouting the lockdown rules.

Coronavirus is “in retreat”, health secretary Matthew Hancock has said, on a day when no new deaths of patients with COVID-19 were recorded in Norfolk’s hospitals.

People will be able to get free use of Norwich’s Beryl Bikes bicycle rental scheme over the summer.

Norwich department store Jarrold with have a maximum of 180 shoppers at a time when it reopens on Monday, June 15.

A book celebrating recipes which have helped people through coronavirus lockdown has won support from a much-loved TV personality.

People in need of urgent dental treatment faced a “skeleton service” and strict new safety measures as some dentists reopened after 12 weeks in lockdown.

All of Norfolk’s three main hospitals have reported no new deaths of Covid-19 patients, the latest national figures reveal.

Stories of key workers’ dedication during the pandemic has been heartwarming at the hardest of times.

Children are rising to the challenge of social distancing as they make a phased return to school, says the head of a large primary.

One of the region’s biggest volunteer responder groups has had to postpone its 15th anniversary celebration due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Masks locked away in offices and struggles to communicate are among the struggles one Norfolk care home worker says she has experienced while working during the coronavirus pandemic.

An historic seaside attraction has revealed cautious plans for a provisional July re-opening - provided the government keeps its word.

No new coronavirus deaths have been reported this weekend at Norfolk’s three main hospitals.

Overall deaths in Norfolk and Waveney have risen by almost a third since coronavirus first hit the UK back in March.

News Norfolk’s places of worship can begin to open from June 15 for individual prayer has been hailed a positive step by the Bishop of Norwich.

Overflowing rubbish and widespread littering has prompted a seaside council to up the ante when it comes to bin collections.

Resilient hospital staff have been praised for their “exceptional” work looking after coronavirus patients.

Norfolk’s hospitals have reported no new coronavirus fatalities, as across the country 75 new deaths have been confirmed.

The boss of seven McDonald’s in the region is restarting home deliveries and praised staff for coping with huge drive-through demand.

A seaside bar has been hit with a prohibition order after claims it had breached coronavirus guidelines by holding a fundraising event with a weight lifter.

Volunteer numbers to make face covering for vulnerable people who need them has doubled following an online appeal.

Preparations are underway to ensure Norwich Cathedral can begin opening its doors again for individual prayer and reflection.

Norfolk is being urged to seize the opportunity to step towards “a life close to normal” as the county’s infection rate continues to drop.

Thousands of patients in Norfolk will have longer waits to see their dentist as practices make preparations to reopen.

Headteachers and principals have praised staff, families and pupils as children returned to the classroom across the region this week.

Small businesses who “fell through the cracks” of initial government rescue grants can apply for a new lifeline fund.

Norfolk’s hospitals have reported no new coronavirus-related deaths.

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.

Public transport passengers in England will soon need to wear a face covering to be allowed to travel.

Fears homeless people will be back on the streets if government funding for rough sleepers comes to a “cliff edge” has sparked calls from charities and councillors for support to continue.

A Norfolk traveller has made a pilgrimage to an ancient gypsy fair cancelled for only the second time in hundreds of years due to coronavirus.

One-way routes, messages sprayed onto pavements and barrier systems are part of a council masterplan to keep its shopping hotspots safe come June 15.

The owner of a Norfolk firm has produced England’s oldest whisky – despite managing with few staff since lockdown.

For parents of children with special educational needs, coronavirus lockdown has presented particular challenges - but a virtual helping hand has given them much-needed support.

A further two patients have died of coronavirus at a Norfolk hospital.

Marshals, changes to traffic routes and outdoor seating areas are some of the plans to keep shoppers safe as a town centre prepares to reopen.

A popular Sunday car boot sale could restart next month after coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased by the government.

A Norfolk MP has defended the government’s decision to bring in a 14-day quarantine rule for arrivals into the UK, despite warnings it could cripple the aviation industry.

Patients and their households will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days before surgery, as elective procedures begin to resume at Norwich’s main hospital.

Visitors to the coast are being warned to stay safe by washing their hands and following social distancing guidelines.

Budget chain Travelodge, with outlets across Norfolk, has restructured to secure the future of its 10,000 staff and 584 hotels.

One of Norfolk’s most popular parks is set to reopen, but visitors coming by road will have to plan ahead.

Last week, a consortium of Norfolk headteachers wrote an open letter to parents denouncing suggestions that they were “being lazy” over school re-openings to non-keyworker children.

A north Norfolk headteacher has praised pupils’ spirit as they return to classrooms amid the lockdown easing.

Hospital bosses say they will learn lessons from the coronavirus pandemic as they prepare for a potential second wave in winter.

A woman who is shielding at home during the coronavirus pandemic has completed a 125-mile virtual walk with her husband.

There were long queues outside the drive-throughs as some McDonald’s in Norfolk reopened for the first time after lockdown.

A further two patients have died of coronavirus at a Norfolk hospital.

Organisers of a car boot sale reopening for traders this weekend have said it is people’s ‘personal choice’ whether or not they want to attend.

Nominations from the public are sought for this year’s Aylsham Show Food and Drink Heroes.

A holiday park has been criticised for “exaggerating” the number of weekend visitors by using stock photos of busy beaches - one of which was taken in Finland.

Bus passengers will be able to see how full their next bus is and even where to sit thanks to new live tracking technology.

Norfolk’s largest hospital is currently only treating five people for coronavirus, it has been revealed.

A Norfolk nature reserve is set to open its doors to visitors next week following the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Things have been looking up for pockets of people marooned in their gardens and in bunches on the beach.

A Norfolk healthcare worker has been reunited with her daughters after nine weeks apart during the coronavirus pandemic.

If the UK had entered lockdown 10 days earlier it could have reduced the number of coronavirus cases and deaths by up to 85pc, a University of East Anglia professor has said.

Old Buckenham Airfield has postponed this year’s airshow until next year.

Hospital bosses have cut the number of coronavirus wards to two after Covid-19 patient numbers fell to 24.

Farming is in a good position to lead Norfolk’s economy towards recovery, says CHRIS SOLT of accountancy firm Lovewell Blake.

The unprecedented coronavirus lockdown has impacted upon all aspects of life in Norfolk and beyond – there is no-one who has not been affected by it.

A mysterious local hero has cleaned the windows of more than 700 properties in Great Yarmouth since the country went into lockdown - without accepting a single penny.

Despite the uncertainties of the coronavirus pandemic there are some positive signs in Norfolk’s farmland market, said property agents.

A town’s market will reopen this week under strict social distancing measures and reduced opening times.

Traders were philosophical in the sunshine as King’s Lynn’s Tuesday market reopened for the first time since lockdown.

Families flocked to a town centre park including some who hadn’t been able to see each other since lockdown.

Carparks on the seafront in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston are being reopened.

No new coronavirus deaths have been confirmed at Norfolk’s hospitals for the second day running.

County and district councillors have raised almost £6k for ongoing foodbank costs after completing their 365km challenge in record-breaking heat.

Plans to restore a historic Norfolk church that was severely damaged by fire have been delayed due to the coronavirus.

Retailer Card Factory, with shops across Norfolk, plans to reopen 10pc of stores and said online sales have more than quadrupled.

Desperately-worried council bosses took a “risk” to spend almost £900,000 on two million face masks from China as coronavirus hit Norfolk - because the national chain to get such equipment broke down.

Thousands of people shielding using an online prescription delivery service have been left in the lurch after the firm went bust.

A Norfolk hospital is setting out its plans to restore more services as it discusses the next stage of its coronavirus plan.

Businesses in north Norfolk that were ineligible for support during the government’s first round of funding can now apply for a new grant.

Four west Norfolk secondary schools have drawn up provisional plans for pupils to return as lockdown eases.

Motorists driving at speeds in excess of 100mph were reported by two-thirds of Britain’s police forces new figures show.

A cancer charity has successfully moved its group meetings online as part of its growing offering to support those affected by cancer during the pandemic.

Farmers need to nurture the new relationships forged during lockdown if they hope to “go back to better” after the crisis, says a Norfolk communications expert.

A Norfolk council has warned it could face a financial loss of more than £5m due to the cost of responding to the Covid-19 crisis.

As bouquets bloomed and the smell of bacon sandwiches wafted past, Norwich Market made its return.

There have been no new reported coronavirus-related deaths in Norfolk’s hospitals.

A Norwich writer has told of the “unimaginable” pain of having to break the news of her father’s death to her mother in a phone call.

A council has been criticised for using the coronavirus crisis as an “excuse to remove scrutiny”.

Cromer pier reopens

Monday, June 1, 2020

One of Norfolk’s best known attractions has reopened, as part of the phased easing of lockdown.

Seaside cafes and food stalls have started opening around Sheringham as lockdown restrictions are being gradually eased.

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.

Markets are returning to two west Norfolk towns as lockdown eases.

A surge in demand for home-grown organic food during the Covid-19 pandemic has created a “pivotal moment” to convert land to organic agriculture, farmers were told.

A new national campaign, created in Norfolk, aims to keep people across generations connected during coronavirus by discussing memories about days gone by.

A Norfolk headteacher has said schools have been left “bemused and angered” by the government’s decision to reopen for the youngest pupils, as they get ready to open their doors to them on Monday.

A council will resume cutting grass verges this week as residents vent frustration at the borough’s “untidness”.

Lifeguards have made a welcome return to one north Norfolk beach as hundreds of people have been flocking to the coast.

Racing will resume behind closed doors at Yarmouth this week after the government gave its permission for competitive sport in Britain to restart.

Expectant mothers hoping for a home birth will be relieved the James Paget hospital is able to provide the service again.

The coronavirus pandemic has shone a spotlight on the true value of local food says NICK DEANE, Norfolk branch chairman for the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

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.

A Norwich DJ, whose efforts to get people to dance on their doorsteps during lockdown looked to have been muted by complaints, has returned to his decks - after a compromise was struck.

The remarkable generosity of Norfolk people has seen £1m raised to help charities stop vulnerable people from going hungry or being lonely during the coronavirus crisis.

Its cosy bar and quaint dining rooms have made it a popular watering hole on Norfolk’s foodie coast.

Looking after a newborn can be stressful enough at the best of times, especially for first-time parents, let alone during a global pandemic.

Handcrafted coasters and a double-seater swing made by a Norfolk woodwork artisan are being auctioned off to help beat the personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage.

Anyone needing the loo or somewhere to park their car in north Norfolk is in luck this weekend.

Longer hours, less customers and the financial burden of buying protective equipment are among the challenges that will face hairdressers when they return to work as lockdown is gradually lifted.

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.

Nearly two months ago the Eastern Daily Press launched its Here to Help: Not Alone pen friend initiative to help combat social isolation and loneliness during lockdown.

Owners of a Norwich independent women’s clothing shop are reopening on June 16 but asking customers to book a slot to shop.

A riot of bright colours awaits visitors when Sheringham Park is finally reopened.

More than 700 patients have been discharged after receiving hospital treatment for coronavirus across Norfolk.

Norfolk animal lover Jemima Howe took on the physical challenge of her little life after hearing Banham Zoo was in trouble.

A Norfolk cattle farmer says demand for his beef boxes has “shot through the roof” during lockdown – potentially fast-tracking the growth of the business by five years.

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.

A further three patients have died in hospitals across Norfolk after testing positive for coronavirus.

A new drive will see millions spent to control outbreaks of coronavirus in Norfolk’s care homes - and to protect residents from being exposed to the virus.

A Norwich street came together to mark the last Clap For Carers with music and a performance from the Spice Girls.

A Grade II* listed windmill was lit up with messages of thanks to the NHS and key workers.

Around 20 people at Debenhams in Norwich are believed to have lost their jobs as the retailer plans to reopen next month.

“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.

The DFS chain has reopened two showrooms in Norfolk after introducing a new ‘comfort test’ service for customers.

A professional athlete from the Holkham estate completed a six-week cycle challenge and raised £5,050 to thank NHS workers.

A special drive-by saw residents of a Norfolk care home see their families for the first time since lockdown.

Latest figures show the reproduction rate of coronavirus is likely to be falling in the east of England, latest estimates show.

The owner of a Dominican and Latin American food business has started trading from a horse trailer on her driveway during lockdown after events were cancelled.

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.

A Norwich jeweller is reopening on June 15 and will be issuing masks and gloves to customers also allowed to try on items.

A new business is preparing to launch its sleepover tent service after lockdown put the brakes on.

Mental health patients are being restrained and isolated more often during the coronavirus pandemic, figures have revealed.

After being “hit for six” following lockdown, one Fleggburgh pub has re-opened its doors for two-AA Rosette takeaways.

Norfolk’s plans over how to deal with local lockdowns if there a further outbreaks of coronavirus will not be ready until July at the earliest.

More than three-quarters of pubs could reopen if social distancing rules were relaxed to one metre, the boss of a large trade body has said.

Family and friends will be allowed to meet in up to groups of six from next week under new lockdown easing measures.

Frontline NHS workers at a Norfolk hospital won’t be going hungry today.

Parkrunners in Norfolk and Waveney have at least another month to wait before they can resume their weekly 5km challenge.

The variations in death rates of people with coronavirus in different parts of Norfolk could have been caused because the epidemic arrived in the west of the county before lockdown began.

Hopes have been raised that weddings which had to be put on hold because of coronavirus restrictions could get the go-ahead, as lockdown is eased.

People wanting a whopper of a fast food meal can go to a drive-through at Burger King which has reopened in Norwich.

A 10-year-old girl who was able to say goodbye to her nanny before she died is raising money to buy an iPad for those who are being robbed of the final farewell.

A system to find people who have come into close contact with people with coronavirus has started in a bid to control the spread of the virus and help ease lockdown restrictions.

Sandwich and coffee chain Pret a Manger will reopen its Norwich cafe in Haymarket on June 1 for takeaway and delivery.

A popular seaside cafe famed for its flapjacks and family atmosphere will not reopen after the lockdown.

The founder of Clap for Carers has called for the gesture to be stopped.

A renowned Norfolk pub is offering fish and chip box suppers including a veggie option – with no queuing up needed.

Sheringham Museum is to remain shut until next year.

A tourism leader will push for 1m social distancing rules in a bid to get Great Yarmouth “back to its former self” as lockdown is eased.

The government’s test and trace system will be launched tomorrow, with Norfolk’s director of public health saying it is vital to stop the spread of coronavirus.

A further 10 patients have died in hospitals across Norfolk after testing positive for coronavirus.

More than £50m has been paid by North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) to support small businesses during the coronavirus outbreak.

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.

A community centre ineligible for business interruption grants may benefit from a new coronavirus top-up fund for those who initially fell through the cracks.

A councillor has warned that the authority is “suffering really badly” due to the financial losses of the coronavirus outbreak.

People could soon be allowed to meet outside in groups of 10 as the government contemplates the next stage of its coronavirus response.

Three sisters have set up their own Little Free Library outside their house on Overstrand Road in Cromer.

The amount of time bingeing TV, doing DIY and gardening has shot up during lockdown, new figures have revealed.

Retailer John Lewis has revealed Norwich will be one of the first locations to reopen among a handful of UK branches.

Fast food chain Burger King is planning to reopen a restaurant in Norwich by the end of the month.

Work has become a walk on the beach for counsellor Amanda Goss.

A youth group providing vital support and social interaction for children is continuing to meet needs during lockdown.

A Norwich DJ who has been getting people to dance on their doorsteps to lift spirits during lockdown has been told he can keep doing it - after a compromise was struck following complaints.

The controversy over the journey to Durham taken by prime minister Boris Johnson’s chief advisor Dominic Cummings continues to heap pressure on the government.

The owner of a Norfolk nail salon is hoping her business will be able to reopen soon after the “heartbreaking” decision to close.

Prime minister’s aide Dominic Cummings “will help make government better”, a Norfolk MP who insists he should not lose his job has said.

A Norwich taxi firm has installed ‘sneeze screens’ into all its vehicles to reassure passengers as it weathers the coronavirus storm.

Plans to “Covid-proof” seaside high streets are under way as the reopening of non-essential retailers begins from June 15.

Retail giant John Lewis, with a store in Norwich, said it is preparing for a ‘phased reopening’ after closing because of coronavirus.

Coronavirus patients at a Norfolk hospital are helping researchers explore the relationship of genetics and the virus as part of a national trial.

If you were upset about the Gorleston Clifftop Festival being cancelled there’s no need - because the entire thing is now being recreated on Minecraft.

Extra meetings to speed up decisions over planning will play a vital role to help Norfolk’s economy bounce back as coronavirus restrictons are relaxed, a council leader has said.

People have been urged to continue to stick to coronavirus guidance despite fears the case of the UK government’s senior aide Dominic Cummings may see an erosion of public confidence in the rules.

More than 80pc of parents who took part in a survey over schools reopening said they would not be sending their children back next week.