Boris Johnson will impose a 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants, ban ordering at the bar and encourage working from home as he tries to rally the country in a renewed fight against coronavirus
In a televised address to the nation on Tuesday evening, Mr Johnson will tell people to return to home working where it does not detrimentally affect businesses and re-state the need for mask-wearing, hand-washing and social distancing.
He will also address the House of Commons earlier in the day.
No one underestimates the challenges the new measures will pose to many individuals and businesses,” a No 10 spokesman said. “We know this won’t be easy, but we must take further action to control the resurgence in cases of the virus and protect the NHS.” reports the Guardian
Reaction from the Hospitality Industry has not been good
Thomas Hetherington The CEO of Manchester NRB tweeted
“Won’t a national 10pm curfew simply risk creating an enormous human pinch point, both on the streets, on public transport and in taxi queues? Naturally staggered finishes avoid this, like staggered school starts. What does the data show in areas the curfew has been implemented?
While Katie Andrews of UK Hospitality said that it is hard to understand how these measures are helping to fight the disease when Government data says that just five per cent of infections out of the home are related to hospitality
The owners of Atlas Bar in Manchester City Centre tweeted
“We’re taking our responsibilities very seriously to protect our customers and team. This truly is another crushing blow, when it’s clear that transmission is happening elsewhere from the data.“