The Prime Minister has set out new measures to tackle coronavirus as UK moves to alert level four, including the mandatory closing of pubs and bars by 10pm

The measures which will be introduce from 10pm on Thursday will see all hospitality reduced to table service only

The evidence suggests the virus is now spreading to older and more vulnerable people, said Johnson and as “night follows day” that would lead to a rise in deaths.

Other measures introduced see it becoming mandatory for those working in hospitality, retail and taxi drivers to wear masks and fines for not wearing them will increase to £200 for a first offence

The maximum amount of people to be allowed at weddings is to be reduced to fifteen but those cat funerals will stay at 30

Plans for the return of crowds to sport and for conferences will be put on hold

Meanwhile The Government will continue to take action to dampen down local flare ups

If these actions do not bring the R-rate below one, “we reserve the right to deploy greater fire power, with significantly greater restrictions,” says the Prime Minister.

He adds he “fervently” hopes not to but will “only be able to avoid it” if people follow the rules.

These latest restrictions are likely to last for the next six months, he warns.


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