In this week’s Cornish Times we lead on the new restrictions imposed by Government and reaction to the changes from some involved in the hospitality trade. As of today, pubs, restaurants and other venues will have to shut at 10pm, and will be restricted to table service only. Along with other locations in the leisure and entertainment sector where people are likely to gather socially, they’ll be expected to enforce the rule of six – and they also by law now have to display QR codes, to assist in the Test and Trace system. Inside the paper there’s an interview from the leader of Cornwall’s Chamber of Commerce Kim Conchie, on the kinds of support he feels would be most beneficial to the county’s businesses as they go forward.

Still with news of the pandemic, HMS Raleigh has had an outbreak and we hear what’s changed at the naval base as a result, and Callington Town Council updates residents on its work through the lockdown and beyond, and its plans for opening up buildings, and the public loos.

This week’s edition has some uplifting news amongst all the uncertainty: an elderly man trying to locate the little girl who made his day by writing him a lovely letter; the professional musicians touring care homes with their performances, who came to Looe; and a bookshop which is supporting a charity for the homeless. There’s a picture report from Looe’s first-of-its kind crab line recycling initiative, and from Torpoint Nursery and Infant School, where a very special play ship was commissioned by some trombone-playing pirates!

You’ll be impressed by our special 12-page Sports pullout, brought to you by editor Nigel Walrond and contributors. Packed with exclusive interviews, reports, results and previews of upcoming matches and fixtures, as well as photos of course, it’s the best way to stay informed about local club sports in South East Cornwall. There’s also coverage of the wider region, including reports on the Exeter Chiefs and Plymouth Argyle.

We’ve got a feature this week contributed by the Liskeard Town Forum which makes for interesting reading: they asked organisations in the area how the lockdown affected their operations, what changes they might have made and what plans they have now. Amongst others giving their feedback are Liskeard’s Lighthouse Centre, which helps low-income families to stay fed and have fun, the Real Ideas Organisation, who have adapted successfully to supporting young people into work in different ways, and Liskeard in Bloom, whose work throughout the pandemic has helped lift spirits in town.

In Farming, find out about the various rural policing initiatives being introduced by the Devon and Cornwall force, and in Open for Business, there’s heaps of useful and informative pieces from motoring to homes and gardens, antiques, and how to save money on heating as winter approaches.

As well as this we have reader letters, columns from Sheryll Murray MP and the local Labour Party, Nature Watch, Puzzles and more – look out for your latest edition of the Cornish Times, in the shops today!