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UK News Johnson expected to order pubs to shut in north of England

10:50  08 october  2020
10:50  08 october  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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  Government will introduce social lockdown if Covid numbers do not fall Pubs, restaurants and bars would be forced to shut for at least two weeks and households would be banned from meeting each other in any indoor location under the new emergency plan.Ministers are mulling an emergency plan that would see pubs, restaurants and bars forced to shut for at least two weeks and households banned from mixing indoors.

Boris Johnson ‘ to order pubs in northern England to close from Monday’. The PM is expected to announce new restrictions on the hospitality sector in huge swathes of the north where coronavirus People out in Manchester town centre, where pubs could be forced to shut from Monday (Picture: PA).

Pubs , bars and restaurants in England will have to shut by 10pm from Thursday under new nationwide restrictions to halt an “exponential” rise in coronavirus Johnson will make a statement to parliament on Tuesday and is also expected to address the nation later in the day on further ways the public


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Boris Johnson is expected to order tough new COVID curbs next week on pubs in northern England, which could include closing them altogether in Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.

a man standing in front of a door: Some Tory MPs say another lockdown will see more pubs shutting for good © Sky News Screen Grab Some Tory MPs say another lockdown will see more pubs shutting for good

In an announcement that could come within days, the prime minister is expected to unveil a clampdown in response to alarming rises in coronavirus cases in the worst hit areas.

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BORIS Johnson will stare down a growing rebellion and plunge millions of people in the north of England into tougher lockdown on Monday as Covid numbers rocket. Despite facing a mutiny from local leaders, MPs and even his closest allies, the Prime Minister will order pubs and restaurants to shut

Boris Johnson took the extraordinary step of ordering pubs , clubs and A spokesperson for National Police Chiefs’ Council, representing all forces in England and Wales, said: “We Johnson had been widely expected to announce tougher measures in London at Thursday’s daily press conference, but

At the same time, Chancellor Rishi Sunak is finalising a new package of coronavirus support for the stricken hospitality industry, in response to demands from MPs and local government leaders.

Mr Sunak is expected to target support on those businesses such as pubs which are forced to close, or face new rules restricting their opening hours.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he leaves Downing Street, in London, Britain October 7, 2020. REUTERS/John Sibley © Thomson Reuters Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he leaves Downing Street, in London, Britain October 7, 2020. REUTERS/John Sibley

But despite the chancellor promising a new version of the furlough scheme, with more generous handouts than before, the new lockdown measures are likely to be greeted by a furious backlash by many Conservative MPs.

Leading Tory backbenchers have already served notice that they intend to rebel in a Commons vote on the 10pm curfew next week, a threat made more potent by Sir Keir Starmer signalling that Labour MPs will also oppose it.

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(Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will order pubs and restaurants to shut across much of northern England , including in Manchester and Liverpool, from Monday in a bid to halt the spiralling COVID-19 outbreaks there, The Sun reported on Wednesday. Britain, which has already suffered the

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One close ally of the prime minister, former Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry, said the new measures would be "economic suicide" and former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said they would "cripple the economy".

The UK government crackdown follows measures announced by Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, including pub closures and limits on opening hours, and a £40 million handout to businesses affected.

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Revealing the government's thinking, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "Outside your household and socialising between households, the highest place in incidence of likely transmission, measured by where people have contacts, is unfortunately hospitality.

"Now obviously that finding is not good news in terms of the policy action we have to take for that sector."

And in a Daily Express interview, Mr Hancock said: "We must not let up. Since the beginning of this global pandemic this government 's top priority has been to do everything we can to support the NHS and save lives.

"I'm acutely aware that the measures we have announced are very tough and many people have made major sacrifices this year. But we need to stick at it."

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: The Sussex Arms in The Lanes, Brighton on October 7, 2020 in Brighton, England. The nationwide pub chain, Greene King has announced 800 job losses due to the 10pm curfew put in place to curb the rise in Coronavirus cases. The company owns 3100 pubs and restaurants in the UK including the Loch Fyne brand, 79 pub sites are to remain closed for now with a third likely to shut permanently.  (Photo by Andrew Hasson/Getty Images) © 2020 Getty Images BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: The Sussex Arms in The Lanes, Brighton on October 7, 2020 in Brighton, England. The nationwide pub chain, Greene King has announced 800 job losses due to the 10pm curfew put in place to curb the rise in Coronavirus cases. The company owns 3100 pubs and restaurants in the UK including the Loch Fyne brand, 79 pub sites are to remain closed for now with a third likely to shut permanently. (Photo by Andrew Hasson/Getty Images)

The new clampdown comes after the latest figures revealed that 14,162 people were newly diagnosed with the virus on Wednesday.

The new rules being announced by the PM are expected to divide England into three tiers of risk and rising infections, with large parts of northern England in the highest tier, with pubs, restaurants and cafes closing.

Areas in the middle tier are thought likely to face a simplified version of current restrictions and the lowest tier likely to see current social distancing measures and the rule of six enforced.

But during a Commons debate on the more recent lockdown measures in northern England, Conservative MPs voiced their anger at the curbs already introduced by the government and those now planned.

Men are seen relaxing in a pub in the Leadenhall Market in The City of London, largely abandoned as the second wave of Coronavirus hits London on September 30, 2020, London, England. World's financial hub is usually filled with white collar businessmen, today it stays largely empty as PM Boris Johnson advises people to work from home when possible, while pubs must close at 10pm. (Photo by Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images) © Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto Men are seen relaxing in a pub in the Leadenhall Market in The City of London, largely abandoned as the second wave of Coronavirus hits London on September 30, 2020, London, England. World's financial hub is usually filled with white collar businessmen, today it stays largely empty as PM Boris Johnson advises people to work from home when possible, while pubs must close at 10pm. (Photo by Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Leading the onslaught, Mr Berry said: "I think the government has fallen into that fatal trap of making national decisions based on a London-centric view with London data.

"We want to remove the manacles of state control from our hands and from our feet, but we can do that only when we've beaten this virus."

Mr Berry later told The Sun: "The Scottish proposals on effectively banning alcohol consumption represent a new low in COVID restrictions. It would be an act of economic suicide for England to follow this path."

Also speaking to The Sun, Mr Duncan Smith warned Mr Johnson there would be a major Tory rebellion if he copied Ms Sturgeon's "draconian lockdown".

He said: "There is no evidence that this works, absolutely none whatsoever.

"What there is evidence for is that this will cripple the economy and lead to more deaths, as has already been demonstrated from non-COVID issues. It's time to get some balance and save our economy."

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Stay alert to stop coronavirus spreading - here is the latest government guidance. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.

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