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Center Parcs reopens its five UK holiday villages today

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Center Parcs has reopened its five UK holiday villages more than three months after it was forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The leisure company, which announced it would be closing its sites temporarily from March 20 amid the ‘exceptional circumstances’ that the nation was now in, will once again welcome guests to its villages from today.

The company’s bosses added that the Subtropical Swimming Paradise and Aqua Sana Spa areas would remain off limits until July 27 in line with government advice. 

However those looking to use the pool  from this date will only be able to book two slots, each of which last two hours, if they are on a three or four-night holiday. 

They will also need to arrive 15 minutes before their booked session with their swimwear underneath their clothes. 

Center Parcs has reopened its five UK holiday villages in Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire; Elveden Forest in Suffolk; Longleat Forest in Wiltshire; Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire. Pictured: The Subtropical Swimming Paradise in Woburn

Center Parcs has reopened its five UK holiday villages in Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire; Elveden Forest in Suffolk; Longleat Forest in Wiltshire; Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire. Pictured: The Subtropical Swimming Paradise in Woburn

Center Parcs has reopened its five UK holiday villages in Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire; Elveden Forest in Suffolk; Longleat Forest in Wiltshire; Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire. Pictured: The Subtropical Swimming Paradise in Woburn

The leisure resort closes its parks on March 20 due to the coronavirus crisis. Pictured: Center Parcs Waterside Lodge Exterior in Elveden Forest

The leisure resort closes its parks on March 20 due to the coronavirus crisis. Pictured: Center Parcs Waterside Lodge Exterior in Elveden Forest

The leisure resort closes its parks on March 20 due to the coronavirus crisis. Pictured: Center Parcs Waterside Lodge Exterior in Elveden Forest

The villages will also be able to open their Subtropical Swimming Paradise and Aqua Sana Spa areas from July 27 in line with government advice

The villages will also be able to open their Subtropical Swimming Paradise and Aqua Sana Spa areas from July 27 in line with government advice

The villages will also be able to open their Subtropical Swimming Paradise and Aqua Sana Spa areas from July 27 in line with government advice

The holiday park currently operates sites in Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire; Elveden Forest in Suffolk; Longleat Forest in Wiltshire; Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire. 

Center Parcs’ CEO, Martin Dalby, said: ‘Although it was disappointing to have to close our villages, it was the right thing to do to keep our guests and staff safe. 

‘The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant effect on the whole country and we always said we would only reopen once we were 100 per cent satisfied it was safe to do so. 

‘We’ve had our teams working around the clock to review everything we do, right down to the smallest detail, and we’re now ready to open our doors again.

‘We know that a lot of families were looking forward to Center Parcs breaks and we can’t wait to welcome you back to the forest. 

‘Those families who have visited us before will notice some changes to the way we’re doing things, but the essence of a Center Parcs break will remain the same, offering a fantastic short break experience with plenty of space within our 400 acres of natural woodland.’ 

On July 27, the villages will reopen their Subtropical Swimming Paradise and guests will also be able to book treatments in the resort’s Aqua Sana Spa from this date.

Guests wishing to use the Subtropical Swimming Paradise will need to book online in advance and will have their temperatures checked upon arrival.

Families on a three or four-night break will only be able to book two sessions, which will last two hours, while those on a seven-night break will be able to book four sessions which each last two hours. 

Guests looking to use the Subtropical Swimming Paradise later this month will only be able to book two slots if they are on a three or four night weekend break. Pictured: Subtropical Swimming Paradise in Sherwood Forest.

Guests looking to use the Subtropical Swimming Paradise later this month will only be able to book two slots if they are on a three or four night weekend break. Pictured: Subtropical Swimming Paradise in Sherwood Forest.

Guests looking to use the Subtropical Swimming Paradise later this month will only be able to book two slots if they are on a three or four night weekend break. Pictured: Subtropical Swimming Paradise in Sherwood Forest.

Under the new Covid-19 guidelines, activities will be able to go ahead but with a reduced number of guests. Pictured: Center Parcs  in Longford Forest

Under the new Covid-19 guidelines, activities will be able to go ahead but with a reduced number of guests. Pictured: Center Parcs  in Longford Forest

Under the new Covid-19 guidelines, activities will be able to go ahead but with a reduced number of guests. Pictured: Center Parcs  in Longford Forest

The holiday park currently operates sites in Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire; Elveden Forest in Suffolk; Longleat Forest in Wiltshire; Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire

The holiday park currently operates sites in Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire; Elveden Forest in Suffolk; Longleat Forest in Wiltshire; Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire

The holiday park currently operates sites in Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire; Elveden Forest in Suffolk; Longleat Forest in Wiltshire; Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire

Those seeking to use the pool will also need to arrive 15 minutes before their booked session with their swimwear underneath their clothes.     

The strict post-lockdown rules at Center Parcs

There were be a reduced number of guests during outdoor activities to ‘maintain social distancing’.  

Changes will be made to guest arrival and departure times to allow for a ‘enhanced cleaning regime’. 

Some on-site restaurants will now have new ‘delivery-only menus’.

Lodge and treehouse guests won’t be be able to order champagne on ice, flowers, birthday packs or a continental breakfast to their rooms.  

Holidaymakers will have to pay by card.       

Guests wishing to use the Subtropical Swimming Paradise will need to book online.

Families on a three or four-night break will only be able to book two sessions at the pool, which will last two hours

Those on a seven-night break will be able to book four sessions in the pool which each last two hours.

Guests will need to arrive 15 minutes before their booked slot in the Subtropical Swimming Paradise with their swimwear underneath their clothes.   

Guests will also need to store their belongings in a locker.

Showers and dryers will not be available at the end of a swimming session.

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Guests will also need to store their belongings in a locker and showers and dryers will not be available. 

CEO Martin Dalby added: ‘We are absolutely thrilled to be able to reopen our Subtropical Swimming Paradise, we know that it is such a key part of the Center Parcs experience for our guests. 

‘Rest assured we’ve been working hard to make the Subtropical Swimming Paradise as safe as possible for everyone and we have a great plan in place, so getting the green light to reopen feels fantastic.’  

Under the new Covid-19 guidelines, outdoor activities will be able to go ahead but with a reduced number of guests per session to ‘maintain social distancing and still deliver a fun experience’. 

Changes will also be made to guest arrival and departure times to allow for an ‘enhanced cleaning regime’.

Some on-site restaurants will now have new ‘delivery-only menus’, with the limited number of seated restaurant guests having to paying with contactless. 

Those looking to make a reservation will need to so online and lodge and treehouse guests also won’t be be able to order champagne on ice, flowers, birthday packs or a continental breakfast to their rooms.

The resort has also introduced a ‘book with confidence’ guarantee which allows guests to cancel their break up to six days prior to arrival and still receive a full refund.       

The opening comes on the same day beauty salons, nail bars, tattoo and massage studios, body and skin piercing services, physical therapy businesses and spas were able to open across the UK.  

The latest guidelines state only services that do not involve work in the highest risk zone – directly in front of the face – should be made available to clients. 

It means treatments such as face waxing, eyelash treatments, make-up application and facial treatments should not be provided due to the much greater risk of transmission until Government advice changes. 

In situations where the two metre social distancing measures cannot be maintained, the member of staff must wear a visor that covers their face or use a screen that protects both the practitioner and the customer.

 

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Joe Biden makes ANOTHER gaffe by saying that 200 million Americans have died of COVID-19

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Joe Biden made another gaffe on Sunday when he declared an estimated 200 million Americans had died from COVID-19 – but the death toll is actually just under 200,000.

The Democratic presidential nominee made the remark during a campaign event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

With just 44 days until the embattled election, both Biden and President Trump have revved up their campaigning to secure votes before Americans go to the polls.

While discussing the devastation the COVID-19 pandemic has leveled against the United States and Trump, Biden accidentally claimed that nearly two-thirds of the country had died.

‘If Donald Trump has his way, the complications from COVID-19, which are well beyond what they should be – it’s estimated that 200 million people have died — probably by the time I finish this talk,’ said Biden.

Although the number of COVID-19 deaths are staggering in the United States -even more so when compared to some other countries – 200 miillion Americans have not died of the virus.

Joe Biden (pictured): 'If Donald Trump has his way, the complications from COVID-19, which are well beyond what they should be - it's estimated that 200 million people have died -- probably by the time I finish this talk'

Joe Biden (pictured): ‘If Donald Trump has his way, the complications from COVID-19, which are well beyond what they should be – it’s estimated that 200 million people have died — probably by the time I finish this talk’

Biden likely meant to say 200,000 deaths, which the country has slowly edged towards for the last week. As of Sunday, deaths have amassed to 199,474 and there are 6.7 million confirmed cases.   

The former vice president made a similar gaffe at a campaign stop in June, when he said that 120 million Americans had died because of COVID-19.

Biden’s comments were made while he criticized Trump for his health care policies, which he suggested failed Americans during the pandemic.  

‘Millions of Americans are voting because they know their health care hangs in the balance,’ Biden said.

‘In the middle of the worst global health crisis in living memory, Donald Trump went before the Supreme Court trying to strip health care coverage away from tens of millions of families.

‘Strip away the peace of mind from more than one hundred million Americans with preexisting conditions. If he succeeds, he could discriminate against or drop coverage completely from people living with pre-existing conditions like Asthma, diabetes, cancer…’

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National Institutes of Health-funded Moderna COVID-19 vaccine study participantWilliam Webb (right) gets a COVID-19 nose swab test by University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

National Institutes of Health-funded Moderna COVID-19 vaccine study participantWilliam Webb (right) gets a COVID-19 nose swab test by University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Biden referred to the Trump administration previously asking the Supreme Court in June to invalidate the Affordable Care Act put forward by former President Barack Obama.

In doing so, certain provisions protecting those with pre-existing conditions or who are sick could be dropped. Millions of Americans relied on Obamacare. 

Trump has vowed to maintain those protections while facing criticism for his administration’s public health response to the pandemic. 

He previously slammed Biden over mistaking the COVID-19 death toll, saying: ‘If I ever said something so mortifyingly stupid’ and ‘this is beyond a normal mistake.’

But Trump has been criticized for a number of gaffe’s himself over the last four years in the Oval Office.   

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Pictured: former Vice President Joe Biden

Both President Trump (left) and Joe Biden (right) have been criticized for making gaffes during their campaigns

According to The Independent, Trump mistakenly referred to the 9/11 terror attacks as ‘7/11’ during a 2016 campaign rally.

‘I was down there and I watched our police and our firemen down there on 7/11,’ he said to the crowd in Buffalo, New York. 

‘Down at the World Trade Center, right after it came down, I saw the greatest people I’ve ever seen in action.’

One of his most famous mix ups was when he used the ‘covfefe’ in a tweet that was meant to read ‘coverage,’ in 2017.

‘Despite the constant negative press covfefe,’ the tweet read. The word was soon turned into an ongoing into joke that spawned a plethora of memes.   

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Trump manages to close the gap to just two points in a new poll between him and Joe Biden in Florida

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trump manages to close the gap to just two points in a new poll between him and joe biden in florida

A new poll suggests the race for the White House between Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump is getting closer in the battleground state of Florida with just a 2 point gap between the two candidates.

Biden has the edge of Trump, 48 percent to 46 percent according to a new poll by CBS News that was published on Sunday. 

But the Democrat’s lead has been slashed, after a similar poll in July showed him to be 6 points in front. 

The latest survey, conducted between September 15th and 18th, asked 1,200 voters who they would be voting for. 

Florida remains a close battleground state in the presidential election with the current margin between Trump and Biden just 2 percentage points

Florida remains a close battleground state in the presidential election with the current margin between Trump and Biden just 2 percentage points

There is currently just 2 percentage points between Trump and Biden in a new CBS News poll

There is currently just 2 percentage points between Trump and Biden in a new CBS News poll

Trump narrowly won Florida by just over 100,000 votes in 2016 against Hillary Clinton and will almost certainly need it this time around too

Trump narrowly won Florida by just over 100,000 votes in 2016 against Hillary Clinton and will almost certainly need it this time around too 

The poll has a 3.7 percent margin of error, while around five per cent of voters say they are still ‘not sure’ who they wish to vote for. 

In terms of demographics, Trump is leading among white people likely to vote in Florida, with 59 percent saying they will vote for the president. 

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Democratic nominee Joe Biden leads Trump up by 2 points in the Sunshine State

However, Biden appears to have a lead among Hispanic voters, by a similar margin –  56 percent compared to Trump’s 36 percent.

Trump narrowly carried the state in 2016 with 49% of the vote to Hillary Clinton’s 47%. 

The state is likely to be just as crucial this time around if the Democrats are to be successful at voting Trump out of office.  

The economy appears to be one of the most important issues for voters with many of those surveyed saying Trump’s policies are aiding a recovery.

Potential voters said they feel the president’s economic policies would better help their family’s financial situation than Biden’s proposals. 

Also, despite coronavirus cases still rising, Florida voters appear to feel more positive about efforts to combat the virus than efforts earlier in the summer, although largely along party lines.  

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Controversial ‘self-identity’ gender plan set to be axed after government U-turn on policy  

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Plans to allow people to ‘self-identify’ as a different gender will be formally dropped this week after they sparked controversy.

Ministers have decided to scrap proposals to permit gender on birth certificates being changed without a medical diagnosis.

Instead, it is believed the cost of changing gender as it currently stands will be made cheaper. 

Equalities Minister Liz Truss, pictured, will this week publish the Government’s new stance on the 2004 Gender Recognition Act. Proposals to alter the legislation were sent out for consultation in 2018. But plans to allow people to change the gender on their birth certificate without a medical diagnosis have been dropped. The Government says it believes the current legislation is 'sufficient' to support people's right to change their sex.

Equalities Minister Liz Truss, pictured, will this week publish the Government’s new stance on the 2004 Gender Recognition Act. Proposals to alter the legislation were sent out for consultation in 2018. But plans to allow people to change the gender on their birth certificate without a medical diagnosis have been dropped. The Government says it believes the current legislation is ‘sufficient’ to support people’s right to change their sex.

The proposals to alter the 2004 Gender Recognition Act were sent out for consultation in 2018. 

Liz Truss, the equalities minister, will this week publish the Government’s new stance on the policy.

But a Government source told the Sunday Times: ‘We think that the current legislation, which supports people’s rights to change their sex, is sufficient.’

At the moment, those wishing to change sex have to pay £140 and apply to a panel for a gender recognition certificate.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling is in the spotlight again because her new book, Troubled Blood, features a 'transvestite serial killer'. Rowling has come under fire in the past for making transphobic remarks on Twitter. Transgender activists have described Rowling as a 'TERF', a derisive acronym for 'trans-exclusionary radical feminist'.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling is in the spotlight again because her new book, Troubled Blood, features a ‘transvestite serial killer’. Rowling has come under fire in the past for making transphobic remarks on Twitter. Transgender activists have described Rowling as a ‘TERF’, a derisive acronym for ‘trans-exclusionary radical feminist’.

They have to supply two reports stating they have suffered from gender dysphoria, which normally come from their GP and another doctor or psychologist. 

Tory MPs claimed Boris Johnson developed cold feet about scrapping the reforms after being influenced by his fiancée Carrie Symonds.

Trans rights activists have said failing to liberalise the law would be a ‘Section 28 moment’, referring to a 1988 ban on councils and schools ‘promoting homosexuality’. 

It comes after author JK Rowling was accused of transphobia after tweeting her opinions about the importance of biological sex. 

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