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MetiNews.Com - How to stave off boredom as the new round of restrictions hits households in Greater Manchester
Breaking News ! It was the news nobody wanted to hear - a return to restrictive measures around Covid-19 in Greater Manchester after a period of relative freedom. The sudden announcement by the Government on Thursday night of the new rules affecting 2.8 million people and targeting 'social contact between households' - which is understood to be driving the current increase in cases. There has been much criticism of the last-minute communication from Matt Hancock which led to confusion. But leaders here are unanimous that people must abide by them to save lives and stop the rate of infection, which is increasing in 13 of the 19 local authority areas covered by the new regulations. In the seven days to July 20, the rate has increased in Manchester, Oldham, Bury, Salford, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. The rate fell in Bolton and Rochdale, but Rochdale and Oldham have been on a watchlist as 'areas of concern' over elevated rates. Despite the new limitations, there are still plenty of opportunities to have fun. With that in mind, we've assembled a list of lockdown activities to stave off the boredom. 1. Go for a walk River Goyt at Marple Bridge (Image: Mark Waugh) We know it's likely you've been for more walks during lockdown than in all the rest of your time on the planet. But why not use this opportunity to get a few more under your trekking belt? Manchester is only a stone's throw away from some of the best countryside in the UK. From wooded valleys to breathtaking peaks, fresh air is yours for the taking. Why not check out this list of walks? 2. Stargazing The SpaceX Starlink satellites track across the night sky (Image: Rick Byrne / GrimsbyLive) You may not be able to gather in your garden with your extended circle of favourite people - but you can turn your eyes to the skies to take your mind off that. 3. Go wild swimming Exhilarating and good for your health, wild swimming could be just the thing to raise your spirits. With the British Medical journal proving it has a positive impact on your mental health, there's much to be gained from this form of nature therapy. Always follow safety advice around any bodies of water, and never swim in reservoirs where hidden equipment and strong currents can lurk beneath the water. One of the biggest risks is from the cold water which can cause shock. Specially-designed wetsuits can offer protection against this; those without them should be careful to enter the water slowly and give themselves time to acclimatise to the water. More information about how to stay safe while swimming in open water can be found on the Royal Life Saving Society website.
Dino Falls, a new Jurassic-themed adventure golf attraction with life sized moving dinosaurs
Golf courses are still up and running with social distancing in place. And if you are looking for a way to entertain the children then there's always adventure golf. Dino Falls Adventure Golf near the Trafford Centre allows groups of up to four people from the same household to play on the Rapids course and the new Volcano course, featuring a six-metre walk-through spouting volcano. A family ticket costs £24 (two adults, two children) for one course. Adult tickets are £8, under 16s and seniors or students £6. Book online here. 5. Go for a bike ride
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With Boris Johnson announcing a £2bn plan to overhaul cycling and walking in England, it's clear he's putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to greener travel. So why not get on your bike to embrace the two-wheel life? The Prime Minister's plan includes thousands of miles of new protected bike lanes, cycle training for everyone and bikes available on prescription from your GP. In the meantime, there are already a number of cycle routes across Greater Manchester that you can enjoy. 6. Kite Flying
Another one the kids will enjoy - and once you've got the kit it's free. Probably one of the most underrated activities with kids is kite flying. Or why not get your children making their own kite. There are lots of handy online guides like this one to follow. All you need is a nice open space, either a field or a beach.
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7. Fruit picking Fruit farms have been reopening for families to go along and pick their own. They are restricting visitor numbers and opening online booking slots so that families can keep a safe social distance in the fields. The closest sites include Kenyon Hall Farm in Warrington, Woore Fruit Farm in Crewe and Claremont Farm on the Wirral. Find out more about what is available to pick and their opening hours here.