Outdoor drinking banned in UK city centre for Bank Holiday weekend

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Outdoor drinking in Manchester city centre has been banned for the Bank Holiday weekend over coronavirus fears.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said the order would apply to non-licenced public places.

It comes after a number of events were cancelled for this Bank Holiday Weekend.

Inspector Jonathan Shilvock said: "Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, events taking place over the bank holiday weekend have had to be cancelled for fears around public health and a possible lack of social distancing.

"In previous years during managed and licensed events people have been permitted to consume alcohol in open spaces, however due to this year’s events being cancelled, and for the fear of the effect it has on public health, there is a Public Space Protection Order in place in Manchester city centre which prohibits the consumption of alcohol in a non-licenced public place and will be enforced this weekend by Greater Manchester Police.

"Public health is one of GMP’s priorities and we will do all that we can to ensure the population comply with the legislation, keeping the population safe.

"We urge anyone planning on gathering in the city centre this weekend to think twice, listen to government guidelines and protect the health of your family and friends by keeping to the social distancing rules this weekend."

Earlier today, it was revealed that a study conducted by scientists working at Britain's defence lab has revealed that a common ingredient in insect repellent sprains may provide protection from Covid-19.

Scientists at the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) have shared their initial findings in the hope that other scientists across the world will be able to conduct more research into the ingredient, which is called Citriodiol.

Citriodiol has already been known to kill other types of common coronaviruses, but now the study has revealed it may offer protection from the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

Defence scientists carried out research to see if it would provide a protective layer against Covid-19, with the results out today.

And the company that produces Citriodiol also claim it could protect against the virus, reports SkyNews.

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