Ten things you’ll understand if you’re the most Covid-cautious of your friends

Whether you blame the rules, the public, or simply the law of averages, it’s quickly becoming clear we don’t all agree on exactly what social distancing should look like.

For those of us at the more wary end of the spectrum, this can make socialising something of a stress.

Here are a few things you’ll understand if you are the most Covid-cautious in your group…


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Mothers sacrifice work more than fathers when homeschooling in lockdown

Mothers are more likely to have sacrificed their work commitments in order to homeschool their children amid the Covid-19 lockdown, according to research by UCL. The figures released indicate that average hours worked fell by 40% in lockdown, and mothers with younger children at home were significantly more likely to have stopped work than fathers.

This echoes findings in a study...

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Nine reasons why wearing a face covering can actually be pretty great

Many of us have been donning masks and face coverings voluntarily on the weekly shop for some time, but it’s now going to be an absolute must.

Already mandatory on public transport, face coverings are now required to be worn in shopping centres, banks, takeaway outlets, sandwich shops and supermarkets in England. They’re already mandatory in shops in Scotland and the Republic of...

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COVID-19 a driver of widespread gender inequality, study finds

Women are almost twice as likely as men to have lost their job and suffered an anxiety attack during lockdown, according to a study that reveals how COVID-19 has driven widespread gender inequality.

In a survey of 1,500 people representative of the UK population, researchers from the University of Exeter Business School found that lockdown has exacerbated gender inequality across...

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Brits are one of the least likely to wear face masks in the world

Brits, Americans and other English speakers are some of the least likely to wear face masks and social distance to combat the spread of covid-19, according to new research from Durham University Business School. The only native speakers, researched by the academics, less likely to follow health precautions are German speakers.

The research was conducted by Sascha Kraus, Professor of...

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How the world’s most famous art galleries are adapting to the pandemic

It’s been a stormy summer so far for the world’s museums and galleries.

Since lockdowns began in February and March, many cultural institutions have been haemorrhaging money, and many have still not reopened. London’s Tate Modern, for example, is slated to restart on July 27, while the Museum of Modern Art in New York will stay shuttered until late August at the earliest.


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Pre-paid meals and ‘hairdresser style’ rebooking could be the answer for pubs and restaurants

Pubs and restaurants may have to ask customers to prepay for their meals if they are going to survive under social distancing measures, argues Phil Mills, head of food and drink at financial experts Old Mill.

Mills, who works with businesses across the food and drink sector, says he thinks things will have to change quite significantly if restaurants, pubs and cafes and their...

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Nightclubs and bars around the world are adapting to Covid-19

Nightlife has been at the pointy end of the coronavirus crisis, and the world’s clubs and bars are having to get creative to avoid empty chairs at empty tables.

These are some of the strangest measures put in place by venues to ensure the show can go on…

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You could have bodybuilders for bouncers and a dance floor the size of a football pitch, and there...

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Burberry will stage an outdoor fashion show in September

When the pandemic began earlier this year, the British Fashion Council responded by taking London Fashion Week online and bringing the spring/summer edition – usually held in September – forward with a series of digital events hosted earlier this month.

Burberry was one of the biggest designer names absent from the June schedule, but now the retailer has announced it will return to...

Virtual London Fashion Week

Everything that happened at the first ever virtual London Fashion Week

When London Fashion Week rolls around every February and September, we’re used to seeing new collections on the runways and snaps from celebrity parties.

However, this year was always going to be an unusual one. The event – taking over the regular slot for the menswear fashion week instead – went totally digital and gender neutral for the very first time.

As part of the ‘big...