While our summer nights are going to be slightly different this year, outdoor film screenings in Northern Ireland suggest that all hope is not lost for those wanting to enjoy a classic outdoors.
The Titanic Quarter in Belfast played host to the first drive-in cinema of its kind in the UK at the weekend, and Grease was the word for those who attended the Saturday screening on June 13.
The new support bubble arrangements allowed some families to go together, and for those who missed out, more screenings of family favourites and cinema classics are planned in the coming weeks.
All profits from the event, which was organised by Drive-In Cinema Belfast, are going to Covid-19 research at Queen’s University in the city - meaning cinemagoers can enjoy their favourite flicks in the knowledge that they're helping efforts to beat the virus.
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In Italy, dancing couples will be at the centre of the return of theatre and concert productions to help directors and casts work within social distancing measures.
While there will be fewer actors and extras, those who do live together will not be subject to any distancing rules - and the measures should see a surge in the popularity of monologues and one-man-shows.
And as charity shops open with other non-essential retail outlets on Monday, Oxfam chiefs have said that shops will be a treasure trove of goods after several weeks’ worth of people having clearouts of their possessions and cast-offs during lockdown.
Here’s Harriet with the rest of today’s good news:
The first post-lockdown overseas visitors returned to Santorini, Greece, on Monday. As part of the protection measures, hotels are required to have a doctor on site, a room for possible quarantines and a local hospital which is capable to Covid-19 testing.
Australia’s domestic football league has announced plans to restart on July 16, squeezing the remaining 27 games into less than a month. All players will be tested before returning and up to 10,000 fans could be allowed into the stadium to watch.
In a matter of weeks, a new platform called Furlonteer, which connects people with volunteering roles at charities, has seen more than 5,000 people sign up. The non-profit was created by a group of furloughed employees and pairs volunteers with small set-ups like food banks to projects with the United Nations.
Also in platforms for the greater good – an interactive map is allowing people to pin stories to positivity from the pandemic onto it. With a goal of “lifting people’s spirits”, One World Stories has seen tales from every nation around the world added. Submit your tale of community kindness here.
And a couple who have been married for 67 years were reunited this weekend after Joyce, who went into hospital with coronavirus in early May, was discharged with lines to staff cheering her on. Her husband Don, 90, didn’t know he would be reunited with his wife. He said: “You look so wonderful… so beautiful” as staff helped lift Joyce so they could embrace.
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