John Krasinski and Steve Carell Had a Virtual Office Reunion

If you've felt like there's been a shortage of pure good news in the world lately, let John Krasinski and Steve Carell's The Office reunion be a balm to soothe your anxieties.

On Sunday, Krasinski shared video of the two of them meeting up (virtually and socially distanced, of course) in light of The Office's 15-year anniversary, for his new YouTube series, Some Good News.

Like most of us who are housebound at the moment, they exchanged some light banter about getting video chats to work, and how Krasinski is very likely not wearing suit pants to match his jacket and tie, before getting into what we all came for — their favorite memories from The Office set. 

“I was a waiter when I got that job, I was 23 years old," Krasinski recalled. "After the pilot, I went back to waiting tables because I was sure nothing was going to happen with it. We all kind of came into it with that vibe. I remember none of us had done anything huge."

Upon Krasinski's prompting, they looked to some of their favorite episodes to film — including the objectively best episodes, "Dinner Party" and "Fun Run."

"It’s such a happy surprise that after all these years, people are still tuning in and finding it today, it’s pretty cool," Carell said.

And while we're all clamoring for a reunion, Krasinski said, "hopefully one day, we just get to reunite as people, and just all get to say hi" once, presumably, we're all able to stop social distancing. 

The coronavirus isolation measures may have rendered some of us stir-crazy, but at least Krasinski is being productive in this strange, uncertain time. 

As for us, we'll be on the couch binge-watching The Office again.

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John Krasinski launches YouTube series with Steve Carell reunion

What the world needs now is some good news, says John Krasinski.

On Sunday, Krasinski premiered “Some Good News” on YouTube, a show dedicated to sharing positive stories during the coronavirus pandemic.

And, to the delight of “The Office” fans, he invited former co-star Steve Carell to join for his first installment.

Last week, the “A Quiet Place” actor/writer/director asked Twitter to send him “stories that have made you feel good this week or the things that just made you smile!”

Dressed in a suit jacket and tie, Krasinski, 40, addressed the camera with a hand-painted sign reading “SGN” in the background — crafted by his daughters Hazel, 6, and Violet, 3, with wife Emily Blunt, 37.

Introducing his new series, Krasinski told viewers he had “no idea” what he was doing.

“For years now, I’ve been wondering, why is there not a news show dedicated entirely to good news? Well, desperately seeking my fix somewhere else, I reached out to all of you this week, asking — nay, begging — for some good news,” he began. “And boy, did you deliver. After reading those replies and the incredibly heartwarming stories that came with them, I thought, ‘All right. Enough is enough, world. Why not us? Why not now?’ So, ladies and gentlemen, this is your fault, and this is ‘SGN.’ I’m John Krasinski, and if it isn’t clear yet, I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing.”

Anchor Krasinski modeled the show after a stereotypical nightly news broadcast: Seated at a desk, he shuffled papers, turning his head from one camera angle to the next as he read the headlines.

“Without question, we are all going through an incredibly trying time, but through all the anxiety, all the confusion, all the isolation and all the ‘Tiger King’ [Netflix’s much-discussed new documentary series], somehow the human spirit found a way to break through and blow us all away.”

He also dedicated a portion of his first newscast to the show that made him famous, “The Office.” The American adaptation of Ricky Gervais’ British creation celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. As a treat for fans who have begged for a cast reunion, he invited Carell to share some memories of the nine-season series.

“I guarantee you that the bottom half of what you have on does not match the top,” joked Carell, insinuating that Krasinski may not be wearing suit trousers.

Krasinski also confessed that he hoped the cast would indeed get together post-coronavirus isolation, “as people, just to say hi.”

The newscast featured several stories inspired by fans’ tweets, including public praise for health care workers and stories of people helping people, providing cleaning supplies, performing chores and delivering meals to the sick or elderly.

He also invited 15-year-old Coco, a fan who had just finished her final round of chemotherapy, to share her good news. Following her final treatment, she returned home to find her street filled with cheering neighbors, all there to encourage her recovery.

“You are my newest and biggest hero,” Krasinski told her.

Signing off, Krasinski told watchers, “I’m John Krasinski, and this is ‘SGN,’ asking you to remember, no matter how tough life can get, there’s always good in the world and we will see you next time. Good night.”

He then stood up to reveal that Carell had correctly guessed that his playfully printed bottoms did not match his suited top before walking off-camera.

“We might just do this again,” the end credits concluded.

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BT Sport finally lets customers claim subscription costs – The Sun

BT Sport is finally giving frustrated customers a month's worth of credit after live sport was suspended due to coronavirus.

Until now, the telecoms provider, which has the rights to 52 Premier League football games this season, has refused to pause packages or offer customers refunds.

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It's led to complaints from furious customers on social media after Sky Sports allowed its viewers to pause payments until live action resumes while also allowing them to continue watching.

But rather than allow users to pause subscriptions, BT says it will now instead offer users a refund of one month's subscription – and you'll continue to be able to watch your package.

It has already given all broadband customers unlimited home internet usage to help families stay connected during the coronavirus epidemic.

All users have to do is go online to the BT website where you'll be offered three options at the click of a button.

Can I pause my sports package or get a refund?

HERE'S what the major telecoms firms say about pausing or refunding sports packages:

BT SportYou can get a credit for one month's BT Sport or donate this to the NHS. Just visit the BT website and select your option.

Sky
You can pause Sky Sports by pressing the "Pause Now" button on the Sky website. Alternatively, call 0800 151 2747, say "cancel Sky Sports" and it will ask if you wish to pause your Sky Sports subscription. You'll still be able to watch channels in the meantime and your package will be automatically reinstated when live sports is back.

Sky customers do have the option to take out BT Sport but until now these users haven't been able to pause their contracts. We've asked for an update.

TalkTalk
You can pause Sky Sports packages by clicking on the link in the email you will have received. You need to do this by March 30. You'll still be able to watch Sky Sports even if you cancel and your package will automatically restart. You can also turn off a "Sky Sports Boost" yourself although you will need to restart this yourself if you do.

TalkTalk customers can access BT Sport through their TalkTalk TV Box but they take out the subscription and pay BT directly. This means they haven't been able to pause subscriptions until now as BT wasn't allowing it. We've asked for an update.

Virgin Media

You can pause a BT Sport or Sky Sports subscription by entering your account details on an online form on the Virgin Media website. You'll still be able to watch channels in the meantime and your package will be automatically reinstated when live sports is back.

You’ll just need your BT account number to hand.

The first is option is one month's BT Sport credit, which essentially means you'll get the price of one month's BT Sport deducted from your next bill.

Where your BT Sport is bundled with other items, you'll just get the BT Sport element refunded.

BT Sport prices vary depending on how you take the channel but it can cost up to £59.99 bundled in with Sky and fibre broadband.

A second option is to donate the cost of one month's worth of BT Sport to the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal.

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Lastly, you can opt to pay £10 a month for BT's Entertainment TV package but you'll get three month's worth of BT Sport thrown in.

This is a 24-month contract though so you won't be able to cancel this early without paying any early exit fees.

Virgin Media with customers with BT Sport can, however, opt to pause their subscription instead.

We've asked Sky and TalkTalk if their customers with BT Sport can also do the same.

A BT spokesperson said: “We would like to thank BT Sport customers for bearing with us through these challenging times.

"Our focus has been on maintaining the quality and resilience of our broadband, landline and mobile networks for the nation and our customer focus has been with the elderly and most vulnerable.

"However, we recognise there is much uncertainty which remains out of our control, and as such BT Sport customers can now go to www.bt.com/sportsupport to get a bill credit for one month of BT Sport, or, choose for BT to donate that credit back to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.

"We will continue to review the situation over the coming weeks and will update customers accordingly."

BT adds that customers with queries should try to contact it via their MyBT online accounts or the BT App and refrain from calling if possible.

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How overwhelmed hospitals during coronavirus pandemic choose whom to treat first

NYC coronavirus cases surge as hospital system is collapsing: ER doctor

New York City emergency room doctor Dr. Calvin Sun discusses his experiences working in hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic.

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A nurse with asthma, a grandfather with cancer and a homeless man with no known family are wracked with coronavirus-induced fevers. They are struggling to breathe, and a ventilator could save their lives. But who gets one when there aren’t enough to go around?

Health care workers are dreading the prospect of such dire scenarios as U.S. hospitals brace for a looming surge in patients who need breathing machines and other resources that could soon be in critically short supply.

That has meant dusting off playbooks they’ve never before had to implement on how to fairly ration limited resources during an emergency.

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“I pray for their good judgment and their capacity as they make very difficult choices,” said Erik Curren, whose 77-year-old father died this month from respiratory complications related to the virus after becoming infected at an assisted living home in Florida.

Medical supplies and a stretcher displayed before a news conference at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, Fle)

Harrowing scenarios already are unfolding in the country after country hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, including Spain, where one nursing home official said sick residents are dying after being unable to get into overflowing hospitals.

Like much of the rest of the world, ventilators that help people breathe are in particular demand across the U.S., given the respiratory problems common among people severely ill with COVID-19.

As many as 900,000 coronavirus patients in the U.S. could need the machines during the outbreak, according to the Society for Critical Care Medicine. Yet the group estimates the country has only 200,000, many of which already are being used by other patients.

In New York, the U.S. epicenter of the outbreak, one city hospital has already logged 13 coronavirus deaths in a single day and officials are setting up hundreds of hospital beds in a sprawling convention center as cases climbed past 30,000 in the city.

In preparation, health officials across the country are reviewing guidelines from sources including state governments and medical groups on how to ration limited resources in emergencies.

A paramedic transports a patient into the Trauma Center at the Elmhurst Hospital Center, Sunday, March 29, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The general principle spanning those plans: Bring the most benefit to the greatest number of people and prioritize those with the best chance of recovery. But exactly how that’s determined is fraught.

Automatically excluding certain groups from receiving ventilators, such as those with severe lung disease, invokes ethical issues, said Dr. Douglas White at the University of Pittsburgh. Many hospitals seeking guidance on COVID-19 in recent weeks have adopted a policy he devised without such exclusions, he said.

Guidelines previously developed by New York state’s health department exclude some seriously ill people from receiving limited ventilators in major emergencies, but note that making old age an automatic disqualifier would be discriminatory. The plans go on to add, however, that given the “strong societal preference for saving children,” age could be considered in a tie-breaker when a child’s life is at stake.

Recommendations published this week by German medical associations in response to COVID-19 also say age alone shouldn’t be a deciding factor. Among the situations where they said intensive care should not be provided if availability is in short supply: if the patient would need permanent intensive care to survive.

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The crushing emotional burden of carrying out potentially life-and-death decisions is why the guidelines typically designate separate triage teams to make the call, rather than leaving it to the doctors and nurses providing bedside care.

“This is a really terrifying decision — you don’t want any doctor or nurse to be alone with this decision,” said Nancy Berlinger of the Hastings Center, a bioethics research institute.

Having separate teams make decisions also is intended to ensure patients get a fair shot at care regardless of their race, social status or other personal factors.

Berlinger noted that underlying social inequities can still persist — for example, poorer people tend to be sicker — but that those are deeper injustices that can’t be remedied in the throes of a pandemic.

Another grim calculation that experts say hospitals could make is how long a patient might need a hospital bed or ventilator and how many more lives the machine might otherwise save. That would help forestall an even more wrenching decision many doctors in the U.S. likely have never faced — whether to take a patient off a machine to free it up for others.

The norms don’t apply in the current crisis and taking precious resources away from one patient to save others in a pandemic “is not an act of killing and does not require the patient’s consent,” said a paper addressing the COVID-19 emergency published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The authors noted that patients and their families should not be shielded from the realities and should be warned in advance of the possibility their loved one could be taken off a machine.

Hospitals should also prepare alternatives for those who don’t make it to the top of the list for limited resources, such as stocking up on morphine, said Philip Rosoff of Duke University’s Trent Center for bioethics.

It’s not yet known how dire the crisis in the U.S. will get. Last week, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coordinator for the coronavirus response, sought to calm fears, noting there’s no evidence yet that a hospital bed or ventilator won’t be available for Americans when they need it. Even in New York, she said, beds are still available in intensive care units and a significant number of ventilators aren’t being used.

But what’s happening overseas has health care workers around the world preparing for worst-case scenarios.

In France and Spain, hospital and nursing officials say nursing home residents who come down with symptoms of coronavirus are not necessarily admitted to intensive care.

In hard-hit regions, “they are hospitalized only when there is a chance to save them,” said Marc Bourquin of the French Hospital Federation.

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Jesús Cubero, general secretary of AESTE, an association of nursing homes, said some residents end up dying after being unable to get into full hospitals.

In northern Italy, Dr. Luca Lorini at the Pope John XXIII hospital in hard-hit Bergamo, compared how patients are being triaged to people waiting for an organ transplant.

”One heart and 10 people who are waiting for a heart transplant. Who gets the heart? The one who has the greatest chance of living better and longer with that heart,” he said.

In the U.S., the rapidly multiplying cases are creating fear that hospitals could soon be overwhelmed.

“The fact that we’re in a situation that one day we may not have enough ventilators is terrible and unacceptable,” said Zachary Shemtob, whose husband has been sedated and on one of the machines at NYU Langone hospital since testing positive for the virus.

Curren, the Virginia man whose father died of COVID-19 last week, said he wouldn’t fault health-care workers for any of the agonizing decisions they may have to make in coming weeks — and trusts that they have the training to do so.

“These people are doing a fantastic job under war-time conditions,” he said.

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Krispy Kreme is giving healthcare workers free doughnuts starting today

Krispy Kreme is making Mondays a little sweeter for America’s hardworking healthcare community.

The company is giving away “Original Glazed” doughnuts to the people on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic beginning Monday, March 30 — National Doctors’ Day — and continuing every Monday through National Nurses Week, which runs from May 6 to May 12.

“Just go to a Krispy Kreme drive-thru, tell us what you need and show us your employer badge,” Krispy Kreme announced in a statement. “That’s it. Pick up some free dozens on the way to work for you and your colleagues, or maybe a free dozen on your way home to family after a long shift.”

Company reps continued, “taking care of ourselves and each other never has been more important. Getting through this together by staying apart seems unnatural … Like everyone in these times, we’re anxious. We’re concerned. We’re also all in this together. Thank you, healthcare workers and everyone supporting them.”

Krispy Kreme isn’t the only company showing appreciation for healthcare workers. Crocs is donating free shoes to hospitals and nursing homes,  andStarbucks is giving away a free coffee to first-responders through May 3.

And this latest doughnut isn’t the first time Krispy Kreme has donated philanthropic dough.

Last December, the billionaire German family behind Krispy Kreme and Panera Bread pledged $5.5 million to help Holocaust survivors after admitting its Nazi past.

The Reimann family — which owns the JAB Holding Company conglomerate — is dispersing the funds over three years through its new humanitarian arm, the Alfred Landecker Foundation. The millions are earmarked for the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which funds social services for Holocaust survivors.

Krispy Kreme also shared the following message with its “friends and neighbors.”

“On Saturdays, Krispy Kreme will add a free dozen Original Glazed Doughnuts to every pick-up, drive-thru and delivery order that includes a full price dozen Original Glazed Doughnuts or more, encouraging customers to put a smile on a neighbor’s face by giving them the free dozen. In fact, each free dozen will include a special smiley-face doughnut; we call it our “Be Sweet Dozen.” The thousands of free dozens on Saturdays will be securely sealed and bagged individually, along with instructions for contactless drop-off, including social distancing and safety guidelines.​”

Hours of operation have been adjusted in some communities to comply with state and/or local government guidelines, but most Krispy Kreme shops and drive-thrus in the US are open for pick-up orders.

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New Tokyo 2020 dates CONFIRMED with Olympics to take place 12 months later in summer of 2021 after coronavirus delay – The Sun

TOKYO Olympic bosses have confirmed the delayed 2020 Games will be held 12 months late.

International Olympic Committee boss Thomas Bach hinted last week that a spring date was an option.

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But a further teleconference between officials in Lausanne and Tokyo agreed that the best solution would be to try to replicate the original 2020 timetable – with events just one day earlier to reflect the change of calendar.

It means the Games will now run from July 23 next year to August 8, as opposed to the planned 2020 dates of July 24 to August 9.

The agreement comes after alternatives were discussed over the past week.

But in the end the decision to effectively transplant the intended timetable almost exactly 12 months back was viewed as the best and least disruptive option.

Television contracts, especially the massive deal with NBC in the United States, would have been under threat had the Games been moved to a different part of the year.

Bach said: "I want to thank the international federations for their unanimous support and the Continental Associations of National Olympic Committees for the great partnership and their support in the consultation process over the last few days.

"I would also like to thank the IOC Athletes’ Commission, with whom we have been in constant contact.

"With this announcement, I am confident that, working together with the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, the Tokyo metropolitan government, the Japanese government and all our stakeholders, we can master this unprecedented challenge.

"Humankind currently finds itself in a dark tunnel. These Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be a light at the end of this tunnel."

A statement from the IOC also confirmed the new dates for the Paralympic Games, which will now take place on 24 August to 5 September.

It read: "These new dates give the health authorities and all involved in the organisation of the Games the maximum time to deal with the constantly changing landscape and the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic."

The British Paralympic Association "praised the speed" of the rescheduling decision.

Chief executive Mike Sharrock said: "We recognise the huge collective effort of the International Paralympic Committee, International Olympic Committee, Tokyo Organising Committee and the Japanese Government on agreeing the new dates so quickly.

"We hope this will give Paralympic athletes the certainty they need to refocus on achieving their goals at the Tokyo Games next year."

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Demi Lovato Performs ‘Skyscraper’ in Moving Living Room Concert

Demi Lovato is hoping her empowering ballad “Skyscraper” will continue to inspire people during these difficult times. The 27-year-old singer appeared on Sunday night’s FOX Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America where she played the piano while singing the moving hit. 

As Lovato sang the lyrics, “Skies are crying, I am watching, catching teardrops in my hands,” images of eerily empty city streets flashed on the screen beside her. 

The concert was held to raise money for organizations helping with the coronavirus outbreak and to encourage fans to stay home and help to flatten the curve. 

“When tragedy knocks our neighbors down, we extend our hands to help them up,” the singer said ahead of Sunday night’s performance. “When sorrow strikes any one of us, we do our best to power through. We can only use the love we have to ease the pain. We are strong, we are decent, we will rise and stand tall. And nothing, absolutely nothing can tear us down.”

“Skyscraper” was famously Lovato’s first post-rehab single in 2011, and was originally recorded before she sought treatment for substance abuse. 

For more on what Lovato’s been up to in quarantine, watch the clip below:

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Mourinho reveals his all-time XI of players he has managed including Cristiano Ronaldo and Ozil.. but NO Man Utd stars – The Sun

JOSE MOURINHO has revealed his all-time XI of players he has managed – with NO Manchester United players selected.

The Special One was appointed as United boss in May 2016, but despite winning the Europa League in his first season, fans never really took to him.

Mourinho was sacked in December 2018, his time at the club blighted by rumours of fall-outs with star man Paul Pogba.

Unsurprisingly the French midfielder doesn't make the all-star XI, as reported by AS.

And there are certainly plenty of surprises on omissions considering some of the world class players Jose has worked with in the past.

Sergio Ramos, David De Gea, Iker Casillas and Zlatan Ibrahimovic could easily have bagged a spot in the team.

And of course there is Mourinho's current star striker Harry Kane at Spurs – but he has only been working with the striker since the start of November.

In goal Mourinho has gone for Petr Cech, who was his No1 during some glorious spells at Chelsea.

In defence, John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho, two of Mourinho's rocks during his Chelsea days, are at centre-half, with Willy Gallas and Javier Zanetti occupying the full-back slots.

Zanetti is the only player to feature from Inter Milan, where Mourinho coached between 2008 and 2010.

The Chelsea core continues throughout the rest of the team.

Claude Makelele sits in the defensive midfield position. Frank Lampard play just in front of him alongside Arsenal star Mesut Ozil, who Mourinho managed during his time at Real Madrid between 2010-13.

Eden Hazard and Cristiano Ronaldo will cut in from the flanks to provide the goals and assists for frontman Didier Drogba.

 

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Please enjoy the most eye-catching pictures from the frozen hairstyle contest

Remember a time before lockdown?

We could enjoy things like frozen hairstyle competitions.

But don’t worry, the Takhini Hot Springs frozen hair competition in Canada already had their submissions before the global pandemic.

And the competition has just announced its finalists for 2020.

Takhini Hot Springs in Yukon, Northeast Canada, sees people from around the world enter the water of the hot springs, which are somewhere between a relaxing 36° and 42° Celsius.

They are then able to fashion their hair into rigid shapes as the water freezes it solid.

Entering the contest involves visiting Takhini Hot Pools on a day when the temperature is below -20°C and paying for regular admission to the hot springs.

Once a frozen hairstyle has been perfected, participants can ring the wireless doorbell to have their photo taken by Takhini Hot Pools staff.

With a total of $10,000 (£8,000) available in prize money, the Hair Freezing Contest has seen an incredible surge in participation this winter season.

All winners will be announced on 1 April.

The contest has received approximately 288 entries, and these are some of the most eye-catching from this year.













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Bin collection day: Has YOUR bin collection day changed? How to check

Boroughs and councils across the country have been hit hard by staff shortages, due to some workers needing to self isolate. Bin collections are being moved around for thousands of people as a result of COVID-19.

Here’s everything you need to know and how to check your area.

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Have bin collection days changed?

Councils across Britain are operating reduced or limited bin collection services amid the crisis taking hold of the country.

All non-essential workers have been told to stay and work from home “wherever possible”.

Residents of England can check here for their council’s bin services, while residents of Scotland and northern Ireland are advised to call up the local council.

One council in south London updated their policy on their website.

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About recycling and waste collections they said: “Recycling and waste collections are taking place but with a reduced workforce. Collections of general waste and food waste are being prioritised.

“You may find that your recycling or waste is collected later than usual – if your collection is missed, please leave your bins at your normal point of collection.

“We will try to return in the coming days to empty your bins, but you may have to wait until your next scheduled collection.

“You can still report missed collection online. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes.”

On garden waste collections they said: “Garden waste collections are taking place but with a reduced workforce.

“If you have subscribed to the service, you may find that your garden waste is collected later than usual.

“If your collection is missed today, please leave your bin at the normal point of collection.

“We will try to return in the coming days to empty your bin(s). We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.”

On the ordering of new bins they said: “Bin orders have been suspended to allow our service to support other priority services.”

Bulky waste collection services are also suspended as well as household reuse and recycling centres closed.

They said: “Bulky waste collections have been suspended to allow crew members to be re-deployed to support other priority services.

“If you have bulky waste items, please store these securely in your home until we are able to reinstate the bulky waste collection service.

“All household reuse and recycling centres are closed until further notice.

“Bulky items, garden waste, DIY waste and other waste should be stored safely on your property until travel restrictions are lifted and the sites are able to re-open.”

On households in self isolation they said: “Residents should continue to use their recycling and rubbish collection services as normal, but households that are self-isolating should follow the Government’s stay at home advice which states:

  • Store personal waste, such as used tissue and disposable cleaning cloths, within disposable rubbish bags
  • Place these bags into a second bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste
  • These bags should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external general waste bin

“Please dispose of your other household waste as normal.”

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