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  1. Mandatory masks: 'We worry people won't shop with us'

    Some shop owners are worried that rules which mean people must wear masks in shops in England from today may have a serious impact on business.

    Co-owners of The Dressing Room in Leeds

    Face coverings have become mandatory again as a precaution against the new Omicron variant of coronavirus.

    Two sisters from Leeds, who own The Dressing Room fashion boutique, say they worry customers won't come in if they have to wear a mask.

    Katie Pitts said: "We've got a lot of lovely customers who have helped us through a tough time, but people are a bit frustrated.

    "We're a non-essential retailer, so if they don't feel like wearing a mask, they might not come in."

    Although the boutique has a website, 70% of all sales still come from footfall to the store as customers prefer to try on clothing before they buy, Ms Pitt says.

    Violence and verbal abuse against retail and hospitality staff is at an all-time high, studies show.

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  5. Watch: Pandemic pen pals finally meet after 18 months

    A 69-year-old woman and a schoolgirl who became pen pals during the coronavirus pandemic have finally met face-to-face.

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    Video caption: A child and a 69-year-woman meet after swapping letters through the pandemic.

    Lesley Roebuck, from Leeds, travelled to London to meet Aleena after the pair had swapped letters for about 18 months.

    The pair exchanged gifts when they met up in a park and agreed to continue writing to each other.

    Lesley, who was forced to shield, said: "I was in the house most of the time. Being able to write the letters to Aleena and then receive them, it was wonderful."

    The pen pal match-ups were arranged by the Hawksworth Older People's Support Services charity through Aleena's school.