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Bank holiday weekends at this time of year are normally a bit like buses; you wait ages for one and then a load come along at once. This time it's all a bit different. Most of us have spent more time away from work than we would like and the days, weekends and even bank holidays have merged into a continuous blur.

As the lockdown eases for some of us and we're allowed out a lot more, this bank holiday weekend please remember to follow government guidelines and maintain social distancing. We include some of the latest government advice in the key facts section.

As you can imagine, we at the council have faced some extraordinary challenges as we've supported the community as the pandemic hit. While the 'new normal' may still be an aspiration, we take a quick look at what we achieved in the first month of lockdown.

This week has been mental health awareness week and as some of us are finding the on-going situation a period of anxiety, we've included some links to some useful tools.

With the resumption of some professions and services we've been able to restart the final stages of the market place refurbishment, and while we cannot have the massed activities that were planned for this summer, it will be at it's best and ready to support our local retailers as they reopen.

Traditionally, this bank holiday has been the gateway to summer, with a lot of us spending time in the garden. If you are clearing out the spring planting, ready for the summer bedding, you may be interested in the special offer on compost bins!

Finally if you do find yourself with a spare few minutes over the bank holiday, could you please take part in our communications survey. As the borough evolves and residents may have different aspirations, we need to ensure you are getting the information you need from us when and how you need it - the survey will help us to meet your needs.

Enjoy the long weekend and don't worry if this one is a bit flat, there's another one in three months time!

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