Government could enforce 10pm pub curfew to stop drinkers spreading coronavirus – Latest News

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It comes as a raft of new restrictions are introduced in England today, with gatherings of more than six people banned.

The measure, which already applies in lockdown areas, could be rolled out nationwide over fears drinkers are failing to socially distance.

The curfew was first introduced in Bolton and could reportedly be rolled out nationwide if infections continue to rise at the same rate. A government source said it “is the obvious next step”

It comes as a raft of new restrictions are introduced in England today

A government source said a national pub curfew ‘is the obvious next step’

Another said that ‘we’re not going to rule it out on a national level’

The UK has witnessed a dramatic rise in coronavirus cases recently

“But we are not at that stage at the moment, and hopefully the action we are taking locally to contain outbreaks where they occur will mean we don’t have to go that far.”

Pubs could be hit with a 10pm curfew in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

A senior government source told the Daily Telegraph: “A national curfew is the obvious next step if the numbers keep rising despite all the steps we are currently taking.

The pub curfew was first introduced in Bolton, where boozers have to shut between 10pm and 5am.

“I do think that what we’re doing now is being clear about prioritising schools, colleges in the economy and making the point that while social occasions are important – and of course family social occasions are particularly important – they do take and they must take second place to those priorities.”

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said that young people “getting together and enjoying themselves” were forgetting social distancing measures.

Last week, sources said a full nationwide approach was unlikely.

They increased by 3,330 on Sunday, with another five deaths all recorded in England.

The UK has witnessed a dramatic rise in coronavirus cases recently, owing to a rapid spread among younger age groups.

However, an insider yesterday told the Mirror Online that “we’re not going to rule it out on a national level” and that it will be kept a “tool in the arsenal” if required.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the new restrictions last week, amid claims the UK’s R rate – the speed at which the virus reproduces – is as high as 1.7.

Crime Minister Kit Malthouse told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that people should use the non-emergency contact number to report gatherings of more than six people to the police.

Along with the “Rule of Six”, hospitality business will be legally required to take customers’ details, and measures at the border will be stepped up to monitor quarantine rules.

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