A Government minister has reportedly The Sun an extra meeting of the “Covid Gold Command” will convene on Tuesday to discuss the virus.
In the latest blow to the hospitality sector, punters may have to head home after 9pm if Covid-19 cases don’t fall under the Rule of Six clampdown.
Punters could be shipped out of the pub at 9pm if the coronavirus R rate does not fall under the Rule of Six clampdown imposed by Boris Johnson last week
Pubs and bars in the UK could be hit with a 9pm curfew if coronavirus cases do not start falling within the next few weeks, it has been reported.
Curfew is reportedly considered a “tool in the armoury actively under consideration” but the minster said officials were keen to “give the ‘Rule of Six’ time to have an effect”.
Doctors and ministers will meet to discuss creeping infection figures, with a Government source telling the publication “curfew is hurtling up the agenda”.
Firms have had to cut labour in half, and mass redundancies are rife as businesses continue to feel the effect of coronavirus.
The move would not be welcomed by the Treasury who are under pressure to extend the furlough scheme as Brits in the hospitality industry are still struggling.
He told The Sun the industry will “need a massive level of support” through “grants and extended furlough” and the “Government risk destroying the Great British pub” if this is implemented.
Greg Mulholland from the British Pubs Confederation (BPC) said this move could be catastrophic for pubs who are “scarcely profitable” at the moment.
“Pubs have been diligently following the rules, making sure people sanitise and social distance, and that will be the same at 6pm, 9pm or 11pm.
“If this happens the industry will need a massive level of support, through grants and extended furlough.
Mr Mulholland said: “Most pubs are just about getting by and are scarcely profitable.
“These proposals are unacceptable and if implemented the Government risks destroying the Great British pub.”
Despite the risk of large gatherings of young people, the Government has said it would like to see if the Rule of Six manages to curb the rise.
The Rule of Six was implemented by Boris Johnson on Monday and limits Brits to socialising with no more than 6 people at one time.
Restrictions on the hospitality industry have already been put in place in localised towns in the UK such as Bolton.