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Coronavirus: Dominion Cinema plans for July reopening

Angie Brown

Edinburgh and East reporter

The owner of one of the oldest cinemas in Scotland says he hopes to be able to reopen its doors in mid-July.

The coronavirus lockdown forced the family-run Dominion Cinema in Edinburgh to close for only the second time in its 82-year history.

Alastair Cameron at the Dominion Cinema

Director Alastair Cameron said they had "battened down the hatches" to make sure the business survived.

But he said everything had now been put in place to enable the cinema to open safely when the time came.

"We have thought out all the social distancing logistics and drawn up all the plans," he said.

"People will be seeing parts of the building they have never seen before as they enter through one of our many emergency exits."

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M&S to reopen some cafes for takeaways

Marks and Spencer
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Marks & Spencer is to reopen 49 of its cafes across the UK from Thursday, the High Street retailer has said.

It took the decision to reopen for takeaway customers after operating social distancing and putting extra hygiene measures in its stores.

The locations include Braehead (Glasgow), Bridge of Don (Aberdeen), Central Falkirk, Dunblane, Heathfield Ayr, and Inveralmond (Perth).

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Applause for Dundee patient who leaves hospital after 45 days

A woman who spent 45 days in hospital after being admitted with coronavirus has been applauded by nurses to mark her recovery.

Maureen Deuchars, from Dundee, left Ninewells Hospital in the city earlier today.

The 65-year-old spent 19 days on a ventilator in the intensive care unit and then spent time with occupational therapists and physiotherapists to rebuild her strength.

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Worry over tourist influx for Western Isles

Drivetime with John Beattie

BBC Radio Scotland

Isle of Lewis
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Holidays in the UK could be popular if foreign travel is off limits this summer.

However, Stornaway resident Catriona Morrison has started a petition urging visitors to stay away from the Western Isles, where there have so far been no registered coronavirus deaths.

Catriona works in a care home and, with a big elderly population, she thinks island communities would struggle to cope with an outbreak of the virus.

"We've always been very welcoming but at the moment we are just trying to look after ourselves," she tells BBC Radio Scotland. "We are behind the peak in London or Glasgow. Maybe once we are passed a peak, we could review it then. If everyone just stays in their own communities until this passes, then we should be okay."

At the moment, the ferry services to the islands are for essential travel only.