Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce that pubs and restaurants across England will be forced to close from 22:00 every night as the coronavirus alert level is upgraded from 3 to 4.
Boris is said to be placing a nighttime curfew on the hospitality industry and is to introduce enforcement patrols to make sure venues are obeying the ‘Rule of 6’.
It’s not yet clear when the new rules will come in, or how long they will last for, but Mr Johnson is expected to make things clear in a televised briefing tomorrow (Tuesday).
Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser, this morning warned that without immediate without action there will be 50,000 new daily cases of coronavirus by October.
All 4 of Britain’s chief medical officers say that the COVID-19 alert level should be upgraded from level 3 to level 4 – meaning the transmission of the virus is high or rising exponentially. It is expected to be upgraded to level 4 in due course.
In a statement, the chief medical officers of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland said:
“After a period of lower COVID cases and deaths, the number of cases are now rising rapidly and probably exponentially in significant parts of all four nations.
“If we are to avoid significant excess deaths and exceptional pressure in the NHS and other health services over the autumn and winter everyone has to follow the social distancing guidance, wear face coverings correctly and wash their hands regularly.
“We know this will be a concerning news for many people; please follow the rules, look after each other and together we will get through this.”