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  • Photography

    Raise a glass: Bristol’s pubs have had a tough year in and out of lockdowns

  • The Bristol Briefing: Almost a third of Bristol adults given first Covid jab

  • Watch: Viral – What’s causing mistrust in the Covid-19 vaccine?

  • Reports

    The Bristol Briefing: Initial Covid-19 surge testing results ‘very reassuring’

  • Reports

    Beloved Bristol brewery forced to ask for crowdfunding to stay afloat

  • Reports Scrutinising institutions

    Bristol parents say employers are wrongly classing them as keyworkers to get their kids into school

  • The Bristol Briefing: Thousands of tests to track spread of Bristol Covid variant

  • Features Herd Community

    Local delivery app launches to ‘save’ Bristol’s independent bars and restaurants

  • Scrutinising institutions

    Bristol council and organisations demand equal vaccine access and end to healthcare ‘hostile environment’ for migrants

  • The Bristol Briefing: Covid variant found in Bristol no more dangerous, say experts

  • Reports

    Mutated Covid variant found in Bristol no more infectious or dangerous, health experts say

  • Voices

    New Covid vaccine trials – a guinea pig speaks out

  • Listen: Bristol Unpacked on emotions when giving Covid jabs, and ‘vaccine hesitancy’ in BAME communities, with pharmacist Ade Williams

  • The Bristol Briefing: Bristol leading way on vaccinations but Covid deaths rise

  • Reports

    The Bristol Briefing: Cases down, hospital admissions and vaccines up, plus the Colston 4 trial

  • Opinion Herd Community

    ‘Its time to get loud and defiant about why good food matters’

  • Reports

    The Bristol Briefing: More Covid patients fill up Bristol hospitals, but spread of virus slows

  • Reports

    The Bristol Briefing: Record number of Covid patients in Bristol hospitals, as city in ‘most critical point’ of pandemic

  • Features

    New emergency fund to support people facing fuel poverty because of Covid-19

  • Reports

    The Bristol Briefing: Bristol bucks worrying national trend as it enters Tier 2

  • Reports

    The Bristol Briefing: Bristol Covid-19 rate falls below England average for first time since October

  • Voices

    ‘My operations were cancelled because of Covid. I’m still waiting in pain.’

  • Herd Community

    These furloughed pub staff are providing fresh food and hope to families in need

  • Reports

    The Bristol Briefing: Avonmouth explosion victims named, as Covid cases continue to fall

  • Reports

    Bristol hospitality sector under threat pleads for rent help from council and government

  • Features Behind closed doors

    Helping people from Bristol’s Somali community deal with lockdown 2

  • Reports

    The Bristol Briefing: First Covid vaccinations in 10 days’ time as Bristol enters Tier 3

  • Big ideas of what a good ‘new normal’ could look like after coronavirus

  • Revealed: How Southmead Hospital is coping with Covid-19

  • Reports

    The Bristol Briefing: Covid-19 rate falls in possible sign that lockdown is working

  • Reports

    The Bristol Briefing: spike in Covid-19 cases, anti-lockdown protests and other news from across the city

  • Reports

    Bristol Covid cases stabilise but hospital admissions still on the rise as lockdown begins

  • Interviews

    Trade Unions have been called ‘dinosaurs’. Could the looming recession save them from extinction? Local union leader thinks so.

  • Reports

    Bristol ‘highly likely’ to see Tier 2 Covid restrictions soon, with local NHS now under ‘extreme pressure’

  • Reports

    New Covid measures for Bristol, as city announces Tier 1+ in response to rising infections

  • Frontline fighters

    Not all heroes wear capes. Many wear PPE. NHS staff protest for fair pay

  • Voices

    ‘My insight into the Covid-19 testing fiasco in Bristol’

  • Inside Bristol schools during a new academic year like no other

  • Features

    Frustrated and ignored: Meet people excluded from Covid-19 financial support

  • Behind closed doors

    WATCH: Confinement Stories – a snapshot of life in lockdown Bristol

  • Features Scrutinising institutions

    Sites set up during coronavirus offer hope for new understanding between Bristol’s vehicle-dwelling communities and the council

  • Features Coping with Covid

    Covid-19 brings difficult times for Trans people in Bristol as government expected to ditch reforms

  • Scrutinising institutions

    Bristol nurseries ‘are being asked to run a bankruptcy model’ during coronavirus

  • Herd Community

    Watch: Early doors – A story of the pubs reopening

  • Herd Community

    Watch: Breaking Bread – A story of communities tackling hunger and food injustice

  • Herd Community

    Green homes investment can benefit everyone in a post-Covid world

  • Coping with Covid

    Living with OCD during a global health crisis

  • Reports Scrutinising institutions

    Council will have to make spending cuts, as cost of Covid-19 passes £100 million

  • Reports Frontline fighters

    Under lockdown, social work has gone virtual. What happens when the real world comes back?

  • Frontline fighters

    Time to stop clapping for Bristol’s NHS workers?

  • Coping with Covid

    Last Orders? When can we have a pint again?!

  • Scrutinising institutions

    Council forced to find alternative for rough sleepers as government scraps scheme

  • Opinion Herd Community

    ‘Coronavirus means it’s never been more important to deal with the scandal of killer cold homes in Bristol’

  • Opinion

    ‘Covid-19 is creating a housing crisis in Bristol’ – A lettings agent on how to avert it

  • Herd Community

    Watch: After the storm – powerful voices from Bristol on how we should rebuild

  • Frontline fighters

    Doctor’s scathing criticism of PPE guidance that has put NHS staff at risk

  • Scrutinising institutions

    You can’t stay home and safe when you’re sleeping rough

  • Scrutinising institutions

    Clifton care home loses third of residents during Covid-19 outbreak

  • Reports

    Cars to be banned from parts of Bristol city centre in major boost for cycling and walking

  • Frontline fighters

    Migrants are 1 in 6 of Bristol’s coronavirus hospital heroes. But many are charged to use NHS.

  • Scrutinising institutions

    Bristol prisoner dies while awaiting trial during coronavirus lockdown

  • Behind closed doors

    Looking out for each other’s mental health during coronavirus

  • Scrutinising institutions

    Council owned Bristol Energy put up for sale amid controversy

  • Coping with Covid

    The Bristolians falling through the gaps of the government’s Covid-19 financial help

  • Opinion Herd Community

    ‘We must not let Bristol’s coronavirus recovery be built on shortsighted banks, empty gestures and missed opportunities’

  • Frontline fighters

    Where are my patients? GP speaks out about non-covid-19 health problems

  • Scrutinising institutions

    Revealed: Bristol care workers speak out amid confusion and scramble for PPE during covid-19 outbreaks

  • Frontline fighters

    Care work: What next for the forgotten frontline of coronavirus?

  • Opinion Herd Community

    ‘Coronavirus shows growing our own food is now a necessity – and Bristol is fertile ground’

  • Coping with Covid

    The difficulty of having a parent in a Bristol care home during lockdown

  • Co-op Community

    Editorial: Journalism is a public service. It should act like it. And it needs you to support it.

  • Scrutinising institutions

    Mayor Rees calls for Government bailout to plug £82m blackhole

  • Coping with Covid

    Lockdown through a child’s eyes in Bristol

  • Opinion Herd Community

    “Working with mutual aid groups has shown me we can get through this crisis. And become stronger.”

  • Features Behind closed doors

    Domestic violence services call for focus on perpetrators not just victims during coronavirus lockdown

  • Coping with Covid

    A Ramadan like no other in coronavirus Bristol

  • Frontline fighters

    A message from a tired healthcare worker for all of us clapping for carers tonight

  • Co-op Community

    Editorial: 5G coronavirus conspiracy theorists are attacking the Cable

  • Opinion Scrutinising institutions

    ‘We need better data and more testing to avoid coronavirus deaths in our care homes’

  • Herd Community

    How Bristolians making DIY coronavirus protective equipment are propping up the city’s supply

  • Scrutinising institutions

    UPDATE: Housing association U-turn means Bristol Uni students spared £1,500 rent payment

  • Coping with Covid

    How to cope as a parent expecting during the unexpected

  • Scrutinising institutions

    Bristol’s NHS trusts scaling up critical care capacity while hospital admissions remain stable

  • Scrutinising institutions

    Sacked Bristol Uni temp workers to get coronavirus support after backlash

  • Scrutinising institutions

    Coronavirus testing finally announced for Bristol’s key workers, but more rises in deaths expected for weeks

  • Investigations Scrutinising institutions

    Whose life to save? Investigating the ‘do not resuscitate’ form coronavirus controversy

  • Reports Scrutinising institutions

    Private Bristol student housing company refusing rent relief despite coronavirus exodus

  • Reports Scrutinising institutions

    Temporary coronavirus mortuary to open as council prepares for ‘worst case scenario’

  • Opinion

    ‘The contagion of misinformation and a Bristol Facebook page linking 5G and coronavirus’

  • Reports Scrutinising institutions

    Under fire letting agents to propose rent reduction after 130 students go on strike

  • Frontline fighters

    Bristol GP says we’re in ‘the calm before a terrible storm’

  • Frontline fighters

    Bristol University experts rally to fight COVID-19 and search for a vaccine

  • Scrutinising institutions

    Calls for Bristol Uni to U-turn on coronavirus sacking of 84 temp workers

  • Reports Frontline fighters

    This NHS worker is facing eviction, as Bristol rallies to help coronavirus heroes

  • Coping with Covid

    #CopingWithCovid19: The ups and downs of self-isolating and social distancing

  • Scrutinising institutions

    Rough sleepers of Bristol and the search for a safe place amid coronavirus

  • Opinion Herd Community

    ‘Workers are turning to each other. We can beat coronavirus, weak rights and unscrupulous bosses’

  • Scrutinising institutions

    A rent freeze could protect the 1 in 3 Bristolians who rent from coronavirus fallout

  • Features Herd Community

    ‘The government threw us under the bus’: How Bristol food businesses are working to survive coronavirus

  • Reports Herd Community

    Bristolians are self-organising a phenomenal coronavirus fight back in ways that will outlast pandemic

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