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NEWS ROUNDUP: Mask debate continues & pub granted new licence

The debate around mask wearing on public transport continues and The Billy Goat pub gets its licence back after breaking COVID rules.
More than 300,000 people across Trafford are double vaccinated against coronavirus. Work is still ongoing across the borough to allay people's concerns about the jab and help address vaccine hesitancy.
Trafford’s Covid-19 case numbers are starting to slightly rise again, following a ‘big reduction’ in case rates since the start of July, according to public health officials.

Eleanor Roaf, director for public health at Trafford council gave an update to the local authority on Wednesday.

She said: “While we’ve seen a big reduction in our case numbers since the beginning of July, that reduction has now slowed down.

“We’re now starting to see an increase in cases again in Trafford. We’re not seeing a dramatic increase, but it is an increase.”

Public transport & masks
Bus operators in Greater Manchester have been accused of ‘putting profits before people’s health’ by not making face coverings mandatory for passengers.
Legal requirement to wear face masks on public transport were lifted on July 19, with bosses saying that enforcing the wearing of face coverings could ‘stigmatise’ public transport.
Passengers using bus stations, interchanges and the Metrolink in Greater Manchester are still required to wear face coverings unless exempt.

But the mayor Andy Burnham and Transport for Greater Manchester are unable to enforce the wearing of face coverings on buses, trains or taxis.

The Billy Goat

A pub that was stripped of its licence for hosting a lockdown party like a ‘prohibition speakeasy’ has been allowed to reopen.

The Billy Goat pub in Mossley opened for a private event for around 30 people on the day that Boris Johnson ordered pubs to close. The pub is now under new management and is allowed to open again

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