She may be the flashy girl from Flushing, but this year Fran Drescher is keeping the holidays dim out of necessity.
“I’ve thrown some pretty decent bashes in my day, but that is not on the menu in the forthcoming months,” Drescher, 63, told Page Six over Zoom on Tuesday. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to turn back to a time when we didn’t have to worry about such a highly contagious virus.”
After filming “The Christmas Setup,” which is Lifetime’s first LGBTQ-centric holiday film, the “Nanny” star is back at her Malibu, Calif. compound and is preparing to host only her gay ex-husband, Peter Marc Jacobson, for Thanksgiving. For the December holidays, she is considering having a celebration with a few people who are close to her.
“I’ll create my little COVID-free bubble again with some of my nearest and dearest,” she said. “I might end up having a little tree-trimming party or Hanukkah dinner for maybe a total of six guests and I think that’s more than enough and something to look forward to and be together and not go overboard.
“… I think keeping it small and simple with a few loved ones who are likeminded is the way to go.”
“The Christmas Setup” will air on Dec. 12 on Lifetime.
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As the cold winter air begins to batter the outside of our homes, many of us will be trying to keep the inside warm and toasty – but this can often see bills creep up.
The Green Homes Grant is a great new government initiative for homeowners in England that helps to cover the costs of making energy-efficient improvements to your house – which could potentially help you save on energy bills. Homeowners could receive up to £5,000 to pay two-thirds of the cost of energy saving measures like insulation and low-carbon heating improvements, while low-income households can get 100 per cent of the costs of work covered up to £10,000.
Plus, there are all kinds of things you can do to keep those bills down, with many covered by the scheme. The deadline to apply and get the work completed has been extended to March 31, 2022.
These top ten tips will save you pounds when it comes to keeping snug…
Turn it down a notch
Did you know that dropping your thermostat by just one degree could save you around £60 every year, according to USwitch? Your body is unlikely to notice such a small change in temperature, but your bank balance will.
A whopping 25 per cent of heat is lost through our roofs – but the good news is that rectifying this is classed as a primary measure under the Green Homes Grant. It will cover two-thirds of the cost of eligible improvements, including loft insulation, flat roof insulation and pitched roof insulation, up to a maximum government contribution of £5,000 – and if you or someone at home receives certain benefits, it could cover the whole cost up to £10,000. You can find out more here.
If you’re trying to keep the thermostat down and your duvet is not thick enough to keep you warm, you don’t have to fork out for a higher winter tog. Just layer a fleece blanket over your usual duvet, creating an extra layer of insulation to keep you toasty.
Keep it covered
Shockingly, 40 per cent of the heat in most homes is lost through windows, floors and doors – even when they’re shut. Draught exclusion is covered by the Green Homes Grant, as a secondary measure – which you qualify for as long as you install at least one primary measure, such as loft or roof insulation (see tip 2). Note that the subsidy for the secondary measure is capped at the value of the subsidy provided for the primary measure. For example, if you receive £400 for a primary measure such as cavity wall insulation, you will be able to receive a maximum of £400 for a secondary measure, such as an energy efficient replacement door.
To stop losing heat through your floors, consider buying a couple of cheap rugs to use in your cooler rooms. They will add that much needed layer of extra insulation, keeping it warmer and saving cash. It can also add an extra design pop to your interior – win-win!
Getting work done during national restrictions
Tradespeople, including Green Homes Grant installers, can continue to work in people’s homes under the national restrictions from 5 November.
You can still apply for a grant and get the work done. Your installer will follow the COVID-19 Secure guidelines.
If you would prefer, to minimise contact during national restrictions, you can ask your installer to provide a quote remotely using a video call or detailed photos.
Timing is money
It’s often said that leaving heating on a low setting all day is cheaper – but this is a myth. In the long run, it’s best to have your heating on only when you need it. If you use a timer, you can make sure you never leave it on for too long.
If you currently have single glazing and you’re thinking about upgrading your windows, you can use a voucher for a secondary measure under the Green Homes Grant to help cover the cost. To keep things extra warm around your windows, close your drapes or curtains as soon as it gets dark – they provide an additional barrier to prevent heat loss through your windows.
Keep that heat flowing
Try to avoid putting furniture between your radiator and bed – it will block the warmth from reaching you. To really make the most of the heat you’re paying for, you could get a smart meter to help track and manage your consumption.
Instead of leaving the heating on all day, you can get your bed feeling extra snug with a good old fashioned hot water bottle. You can now buy body-length versions that can heat a large area and are easily draped over yourself for an extra cosy boost.
When you bleed the radiators in your home, you release air that has become trapped inside, which improves the efficiency of your heating system. This means a warmer home and cheaper energy bills – saving you money in the long run. It’s a quick and easy job that you can do yourself and it doesn’t cost a penny.
Gyms ARE Covid-safe: Experts say they pose a low risk of spreading the virus and keeping them open boosts health and wellbeing
487 positive cases were recorded following 62million visits to fitness centres
The study collected data from leisure centres in 14 European countries
Academics argued their results revealed that gyms should be kept open
Gyms and leisure centres should be kept open because they pose an extremely low risk of spreading coronavirus and boost the health and wellbeing of communities, researchers have said.
Analysis of more than 62million gym visits in 14 European countries since September revealed only 487 infections had been reported by operators — the equivalent of just 0.78 cases per 100,000 visits.
The Sheffield Hallam University academics who conducted the study said the figures reveal the ‘vital’ role of fitness centres in ensuring ‘our communities are supported and have the opportunity to remain active’.
The UK Government’s Tier Three restrictions — the harshest lockdown measure in England —officially order the closure of gyms and leisure centres to curb the spread of the virus.
But Liverpool and Lancashire have successfully wrangled their way out of this rule, after arguing fitness centres are vital for their communities.
Public Health England does not provide statistics on coronavirus outbreaks in gyms specifically, instead grouping them into the ‘other’ category — which is to blame for around 9 per cent of all recorded outbreaks.
Academics have called for gyms, leisure and fitness centres to be allowed to stay open during the coronavirus crisis – saying they improve wellbeing in the community
Victory for Liverpool’s gyms as Government backs down
The government backed down on the closing of gyms across Liverpool, despite the area’s lockdown last week.
City Region metro mayor Steve Rotheram said they would be allowed to reopen under Tier 3 restrictions.
He asked for scientific evidence on why they were ordered to shut, following the announcement ones in Lancashire would remain open.
Thea Holden, the co-owner of EmpoweredFit, an independent gym in the city which stayed open during the restrictions, said she was ‘over the moon’.
Meanwhile Nick Whitcombe from Bodytech Fitness in Moreton posted an emotional video on his Instagram, claiming: ‘We’ve saved our sector.’
The SafeACTiVE study was conducted by Sheffield Hallam University’s Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC), alongside King Juan Carlos University in Madrid, Spain.
Director of the AWRC Professor Rob Copeland said: ‘Data from the SafeACTiVE study shows that gyms across the EU are safe places to exercise.
‘The prevention of the further spread of Covid-19 has to be our primary objective but we also need to ensure that our communities are supported and have the opportunity to remain active.
‘We know that being physically fit can help reduce the severity of Covid-19 infection and, moreover, being active can help us cope psychologically when faced with the challenges of a second wave of the pandemic across Europe.
‘Keeping leisure centres and fitness clubs open and fully operational is critical to ensuring the health and wellbeing of our communities.
‘I would go further and suggest that governments across Europe should be thinking about how we can increase access to activity, not reduce it, as we learn to live with Covid-19.’
The research was commissioned by EuropeActive – a non-profit association for the European fitness and physical activity sector.
Professor Alfonso Jimenez, head of THINK Active at EuropeActive, said: ‘I am delighted to confirm such a low level of infection risk in fitness and health clubs, reinforcing the message that fitness and physical activity are a fundamental part of the solution during the Covid-19 pandemic in helping strengthen and improve immune functioning and lower risk of viral illness.’
The full report is expected to be released in November.
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