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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).

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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.

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“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.”

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Won’t affect the island as everywhere is shut by 8!!


1 hour of pubs closing at 11 is going to make a difference, people will still be in drinking mode and back to each others for drinks

Level Phil

If that’s all he is going to do, he may as well not bother. The virus is around us 24/7, not just after 10.00pm.


Who knew a virus could tell the time .
Love a lock in .

Bob Frapples

This is phase one of controlling the people, the virus is fake

Eve Shipman

Sorry, Bob, more like phase 99. The British people hate to admit that they have been manipulated by the rich and powerful for hundreds of years, even though they are, mostly, fully aware of it.
Only the naive believe in the illusion of freedom.


Bob F, Tell that to the relatives of the 40,000+ dead this year. I think you’ll get quite a forceful rebuttal of your crass theory.

Ed Down

The government have controlled you your whole life with a little thing called money. Just to make it even more controlling around twenty percent of what you earn you have to give straight back to them. Dont see you complaining about about that, but then they mention wearing masks and closing a pub an hour early and you start taking that as an attack on your rights and freedom?? I think you need to re-evaluate your priorities.


This load of &6%*”!) knew this was going to happen, every country that has tried to relax restrictions for everyone has had the second spike, and now we are experiencing the start.
What’s the first thing they say, the public should have adhered to the advice and rules.
They are forgetting that in the early days several of his advisor and mp’s broke the rules and didn’t get fined or sacked, and now he has the check to say we will fine you.
I just wish a vote of no confidence was carried out against them and they resigned.

tony stephens

Agree with the other comments, I fail to see how closing pubs at 10pm will make the slightest bit of difference. I really enjoy going to the pub for a pint or 2 but haven’t been to one since the beginning of March, perhaps that’s because I’m 61 not 21.

Karn Evil 9

Good news, So all the pubs who ignored the social distancing rules and the rule of six, will have to comply now. No social distancing at The Star Wroxall, nice bug hugs when people leave there I notice, and of course The Spyglass in Ventnor, ignoring everything it seems.


Spoons in Newport – dreadful … tables dirty and just get a quick wipe over with a cloth that has seen better days and they have the cheek to tell you not to move furniture even when there is only 5 of you and the fifth person needs a chair – absolute joke !

Christ tap

I take it you will be the first to grass on your neighbours lol
GRASS !!!!

Karn Evil 9

Yes of course, if they break the law.

Reality Check

Are you like 6 years old?

Karn Evil 9

Typo Big hugs NOT bug hugs

Mrs brown

More ways to control… watching as it unfolds, then the “I told you so”

Mr justice


Black rat

Must set my watch for 10pm on thursday, dont want to be caught out by that covid thing that only comes out after pubs have closed lol.

Mr justice
Mr justice


Lady Longdown

Let’s hope a certain pub on Ventnor seafront won’t be totally inconvenienced, what with all the lawfully iffy party bookings they have from now until Christmas. One such party is being promoted locally, by word of mouth, as being at that great new place where they don’t bother with all ‘the government cr#p’! Aparrently booking multiple tables of six, individually, is acceptable behaviour for the councillor what is hiring the venue…. Dominic Cummings and BoJo’s dad all over again.


More info please?!

Lady Longdown

Buy a town councillor a drink in a Ventnor pub and I expect you will be invited, my friend. Sincerely your’s, Lady Longdown.


If there is any truth in this then it should be reported to the police. It’s not snitching, grassing etc’ it’s common sense.But I am sure there will be several who will disagree.

Lady Longdown

Might be academic now, but I doubt it. There is an attitude in half of Ventnor town council that they actually own the town as some sort of fiefdom. The other half think everythings pink, or green, and fluffy and some may seem corrupt, but their hearts are in the right place. Ah! Bless… Our money’s in the right place, as far as they are concerned ; their coffers! The naughty ones won’t be happy till the High Street is closed and all the working class scum who live in the High Street can vacate those huge flats, so the… Read more »


Useless pointless measure. Either close them completely, or don’t bother.

Christ tap

Absolutely ridiculous


IMO this type of halfway house idea reflects the dilemma the Gov is in, protecting the NHS from increasing numbers of sick people from the virus v protecting the economy from another full lockdown if cases continue to rise.

Arthur Sausage

Great idea should be cut more.


Ban all alcohol sales both in pubs an stores.


Get a life! They already try to control us out but they won’t stop us having a drink in our own houses.

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Karn Evil 9

Very good point, alcohol lowers people inhibitions, so will get to close to anyone around you.

Christ tap

More chance of winning the lottery than avoiding this virus 😉

Real Islander

Flatten the economy. Flatten your rights. Flatten social life. Flatten public transport. Flatten family gatherings. Flatten peaceful assembly. Flatten human contact. Flatten scientific evidence. Flatten any dissent. Why does ANYBODY believe this is proportionate or necessary? I thought it was flatten the curve.
Why does the Government not answer these questions.
1) Why is it called the Coronavirus Act not Covid-19
2) Why are you continuing to use a testing system that is picking up RNA from weeks ago meaning thousands of people aren’t infectious.
3) Rule of 6 is based on what science?

Kelvin Toms

So what are you suggesting? Everyone else is wrong and you are right as you seem to be saying don’t worry about the guidance it’s all a load of bo!!#$&$.

Real Islander

I don`t listen to a tyrannical Government whose Health advisor is on board with big pharma (Chris Whitty is on the board of CEPI), neither do I watch the globalist mouth-piece called BBC. So during all these measures we are still infected…ever heard of herd immunity…perhaps you should research yourself.

Mr T

Looks like covid is spreading fast…just had email from Christ the king saying a year 9 student has tested positive and all year 9 being sent home for 14 days isolation

Carla Flanagan

We need IMMUNITY or we will never get back to “normal”
Will be the common flu season soon…this is going to be interesting! #fakedeathtoll

Real Islander

It is all a plandemic…


My opinion is people will go out earlier.

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