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Undated handout photo issued by St Moritz Hotel & Spa of individual striped beach huts near Rock, Cornwall, where the hotel has been building a purpose-built socially distanced restaurant believed to be the first of its kind. - St Moritz Hotel & Spa
Undated handout photo issued by St Moritz Hotel & Spa of individual striped beach huts near Rock, Cornwall, where the hotel has been building a purpose-built socially distanced restaurant believed to be the first of its kind. – St Moritz Hotel & Spa

News of socially distanced dining to end the week, with what is thought to be the UK’s first purpose-built socially distant restaurant.

St Moritz Hotel & Spa, near Rock in Cornwall, will be able to welcome guests in self-contained accommodation from July 4 – and there will be a restaurant perfect for these unprecedented times for patrons to enjoy as well.

The eatery will see guests seated in private dining rooms, and what it might lack in the hustle and bustle of a busy restaurant from pre-Covid times, it will more than make up for in a sense of luxury and ocassion.

Business in Cornwall has been

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News from around our 50 states

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Montgomery: Alabama and much of the Deep South are seeing a spike in coronavirus cases as some have stopped heeding warnings of the disease, alarming public health officials and people who have lost loved ones because of COVID-19. Over the past two weeks, Alabama had the second-highest number of new cases per capita in the nation. South Carolina was fourth. Louisiana and Mississippi were also in the top 10. “We are extremely concerned about these numbers. We know if they continue, we will see more hospitalizations and more deaths,” Alabama State Health Officer Scott Harris said. The combination of preexisting health conditions and limited health care access in the region, along with pockets of public skepticism about health officials’ advice on the illness, complicate attempts to manage the virus. Dr. Selwyn Vickers, dean of the UAB School of Medicine, said the South has high rates of diabetes, kidney disease,

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Britons await news of air bridges as Europe opens to tourists

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Boris Johnson will today give the go-ahead for pubs, restaurants and galleries to reopen on July 4; and confirm that the two-metre rule will be cut to one, enabling businesses and venues to reopen in the biggest return of freedoms since March 23 when the UK was plunged into lockdown.

What does this mean for hotels, and holidays here in Britain? UK tour operators eagerly await the official guidance they’ll need to prepare for the resumption of business, but Johnson has said he hopes to reopen “at least some of the hospitality industry” from July 4. 

As for foreign forays, the UK’s controversial 14-day quarantine policy is up for review on June 29, by which time an announcement is expected to be made regarding “air bridges” that would enable European holidays, with frontrunners including Spain, Greece and Portugal. Tui, the UK’s largest tour operator, will offer a

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Ritz Paris Tableware Gets Ready for Auction, #ShareTheMicNow Initiative Takes Off, and More News This Week

From significant business changes to noteworthy product launches, there’s always something new happening in the world of design. In this weekly roundup, AD PRO has everything you need to know.

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Looking for the Perfect Finishing Touch for Your Next Client Project? Try Some Tableware From the Ritz Paris

This weekend is set to include a very special—and limited—opportunity for fans of the iconic Ritz Paris hotel. Thanks to Artcurial, individuals will be able to bid on pre-renovation examples of the Ritz’s tableware, glassware, silverware, and other cutlery. (If this concept rings a bell, it might be because an auction of the hotel’s furnishings already took place a couple years ago.) Regardless, highlights of this sale include a Marthe service commissioned by Ceìsar Ritz in 1898 for the opening of the hotel, a Ritz Club service designed by Jean Boggio, and more than 450 lots of Limoges porcelain. “This auction

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Coronavirus latest news: Matt Hancock defends tracing app failure

A resident of the Isle of Wight poses with his smartphone showing the NHS Coronavirus contact tracing app - HANDOUT/AFP
A resident of the Isle of Wight poses with his smartphone showing the NHS Coronavirus contact tracing app – HANDOUT/AFP

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has defended the decision by the Government to abandon its own tracing app in favour of one provided by Apple and Google. 

When pressed by journalists at today’s Downing Street press conference on when the new technology would be put in place, Mr Hancock was unable to give a firm date. 

He said that the government was continuing to “work” on the app, adding: “I am absolutely determined that whilst this technology can help, it has got to be working effectively. Asking people to isolate for two weeks is a big deal, so I am not going to recommend an app unless I’m confident in it.”

Speaking at today’s conference, Mr Hancock explained that through testing Google, Apple and NHS technology, it became apparent that the

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Maison & Objet Moves Fall Fair Online, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin School to Relocate, and More News This Week

From significant business changes to noteworthy product launches, there’s always something new happening in the world of design. In this weekly roundup, AD PRO has everything you need to know.

In Pursuit of a More Just World

Nonprofit Rallies Street Artists for a Cause

Italian nonprofit Yourban 2030 has produced a global street art campaign designed to raise funds for Black Lives Matter initiatives and a number of NGOs, as well as to support those particularly impacted by the pandemic. The program, called Color 4 Action, features black-and-white works by artists including Shepard Fairey (known for the iconic Barack Obama “Hope” design), Ron English, Jeremy Fish, and Okuda. Donors who give $25 or more to one of the supported organizations receive a link to download the artists’ coloring book–style drawings.

Design Companies Continue to Step Up

On June 26, East Fork is set to stage its annual fundraiser for Campaign

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