Pubs, Bars And Restaurants In England Will Have 10pm Curfew From Thursday
All pubs, bars and restaurants in England will have to close by 10pm from Thursday 24 September.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will lay out new measures in an attempt to tackle the coronavirus as cases rise across the country.
As well as ordering all pubs and restaurants to close by 10pm, the hospitality sector will also be restricted to table service only.
Johnson will give a televised address to the nation tomorrow (22 September) at 8pm to lay out new plans.
A spokesperson from No 10 said: "No-one underestimates the challenges the new measures will pose to many individuals and businesses. 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."
Johnson will bring together the COBR committee tomorrow to discuss the surge in cases.
The PM has spent the weekend in meetings with various scientific advisers and senior officials to help decide how best to go on during the pandemic.
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Today, Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance gave a briefing on the latest coronavirus data which shows that the number of cases is currently doubling around every seven days, warning that if the country continues on this trajectory, it could lead to 50,000 cases a day by the middle of October.
It was also announced that the UK Covid-19 alert level will rise from Level 3 to Level 4.
In a statement, the UK Chief Medical Officers said: "The Joint Biosecurity Centre has recommended that the Covid-19 alert level should move from Level 3 (Covid-19 epidemic is in general circulation) to Level 4 (Covid-19 epidemic is in general circulation, transmission is high or rising exponentially).
"The CMOs for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have reviewed the evidence and recommend all 4 nations of the UK should move to Level 4.
"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 4 nations. 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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