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NEWS ROUNDUP: Huge crowds gathered in Platt Fields Park on Sunday for AJ Tracey gig


Here is a roundup of your latest local headlines. 

1. Huge crowds gathered in Platt Fields Park on Sunday afternoon for a gig by AJ Tracey. The rapper posted on his Twitter feed that he would be performing in the south Manchester park. According to Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, the organisers have been fined.

AJ Tracey said that he 'didn't realise' how many people would show up. The rapper later apologised and said he would be back when 'it is safe to do so'.

2. Latest figures from Public Health England show coronavirus infection rates have gone up in two areas of Greater Manchester. These two boroughs are Oldham and Trafford. The weekly rates have stayed level in Manchester and fallen in all other seven boroughs.

Oldham recorded a rate of 65.4 cases per 100,000 people in the week ending April 14, according to the latest data from Public Health England. The lowest infection rate is currently in Bury, where the rate is 25.7 cases per 100,000 people.

In Greater Manchester as a whole, the infection rate is now 42.8 cases per 100,000 population. That is higher than the national average, which currently stands at 26.6 cases per 100,000 people.

3. Greater Manchester’s night time economy advisor Sacha Lord has warned that Coronavirus could mark the end of tipping at bars and restaurants. He is calling for a 'fair tipping policy' to be introduced to support hospitality workers.

According to Sacha Lord, many employees receive the minimum wage, and rely on tips to increase their earnings. The co-founder of The Warehouse Project and Parklife festival, says as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of people have stopped using cash.

He says that this coupled with the reduced interaction between customers and staff could cause a decline in tips, adding that there should be a code of conduct for hospitality businesses.

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