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UK News Pubs curfew should be brought forward to 6pm says Jonathan Van-Tam

06:15  19 october  2020
06:15  19 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Drinkers flock to bars in Glasgow and Edinburgh for one last night out

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Photograph: Jonathan Brady/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 cases. Hospitality venues in England will have to close their doors at 10pm and offer table service only from

Professor Jonathan Van - Tam warned that abusing new liberties would fuel the spread of infection and said that the lifting of curbs should be treated as if gently lifting the lid on a coiled spring - 'painstakingly' The messaging looks like it was rushed forward to help ministers in a difficult position.'

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England's deputy chief medical officer has called for the nation's 10pm pub curfew to be brought forward to 6pm in an effort to reduce the increasing rates of transmission, according to reports.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam admitted there was little evidence supporting the benefits of a 10pm curfew and said he would prefer a closing time of 6pm instead as he spoke to Greater Manchester MPs during a virtual meeting regarding the city's refusal to enter Tier 3 restrictions.

When asked if the 10pm curfew reduced the rates of coronavirus transmission, the professor said: 'Not really. I'd prefer 6pm, or even earlier.'

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However the Government advisor also admitted there was no evidence that shutting pubs down completely under a Tier 3 lockdown would control the virus, according to The Daily Telegraph.

His comments come as scores of revellers today braved the winter chill as they enjoyed a night out in the capital's expanded beer gardens- just a day after London entered Tier Two lockdown.

Pub-goers swapped a night in at home to sit outside the numerous bars in central London's Soho and get round curbs putting a stop to multiple households sitting inside pubs and restaurants.

Undeterred by the recent lockdown restrictions, crowds of revellers appeared in high spirits as they sat outside in large groups without face masks and dined al fresco.

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They said they had done "everything within our power to protect the health of our residents" but are not convinced that closing pubs and bars is the only way to protect hospitals. The latest government figures showed there were 15,650 new cases reported on Friday, bringing the total to 689,257.

The UK government says : 'If in the early stages of a relationship, you should take particular care to follow the guidance on social distancing'. At the time that the new local restrictions are brought in, if Does the 10pm curfew still apply to pubs and restaurants? Yes. Certain businesses selling food

The scenes come just a day after multiple households were banned from meeting inside pubs and restaurants under the new Tier Two restrictions.

Despite the evening scenes, hospitality bosses warned yesterday that central London revenues had fallen 85 per cent during the first day of new restrictions, while bosses warned that 200,000 jobs could be lost this weekend alone.

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House of Commons bosses are today accused of a cover-up after admitting MPs broke a strict Covid drinking curfew – but failing to say if Matt Hancock was He stressed that the rules then in place in the Commons – in line with the curfew for all pubs and restaurants – were that bars should be empty

Soho, famous for its thriving nightlife, was pedestrianised when the national lockdown started to lift at the start of summer so its eateries and bars could set tables up in the street.

However, Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of UKHospitality, said that revenue across bars and restaurants in central London had still plunged by 85 per cent as less people took to venues under new restrictions.

She said: 'The first day of Tier 2 restrictions saw the hospitality sector's worst fears confirmed with a 50 per cent increase in cancellations and a fall in forward bookings.

'Venues across the capital saw significantly reduced footfall meaning revenues slumped by 85% in central London.'

Ms Nicholls continued: 'That is clearly unsustainable and businesses in London are now planning to close their doors and shutter their sites, with forecasts of up to 200,000 job losses unless enhanced JSS is extended.'

The Chief Executive of UKHospitality added that the move two Tier Two was a 'curse' for businesses in the capital and would leave them 'trapped in no man's land'

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Government scientific adviser Sir John Bell said he sees no other way to wrestle down virus than a lockdown. Mr Courtney continued: 'This should be no surprise to either the Prime Minister or the Department for Education - scientists At the time that the new local restrictions are brought in, if you are currently on holiday with another Does the 10pm curfew still apply to pubs and restaurants?

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She added: 'Being moved into tier 2 is a curse for businesses. They will be trapped in a no man's land of being open, but with severe restrictions that will significantly hit custom, all while unable to access the job support available in tier 3. It is the worst of both worlds for businesses.

'Venues in London have already taken a hit due to the dip in inbound tourism and with people increasingly working from home.

'A move into tier 2 will now be catastrophic for some of them and it is only going to be made worse by the end of the furlough scheme in under two weeks.'

This week the Prime Minister divided the country into 'medium', 'high' or 'very high' alert sectors after after a 9.3 per cent increase in cases on the previous week.

Liverpool was the only area to be immediately put into Tier 3, the highest level, on Monday with Manchester, Newcastle and Birmingham among cities being ranked as Tier 2, or 'high' risk.

But the Government also reached an agreement with Lancashire, which has now joined Liverpool in the top bracket.

The Department of Health said there would be a £12million support package in Lancashire as well as more money for an economic recovery 'task force' over the next six months. Local sources claimed in total it could be worth £30million.

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What the three tiers mean for pubs?

Tier One:

Current social distancing measures apply

Customer must stick to the Rule of Six while sat inside pubs and bars

Curfew of 10pm for all drinking establishments

Tier Two:

The same restrictions as Tier One plus an additional ban on multiple households meeting indoors

Multiple households can still mix outdoors including pub gardens but must stick to a maximum of six people

Tier Three:

Pubs and bars are required to close, with furlough-style compensation for businesses

However restaurants and gastropubs can still remain  and will be allowed to serve alcohol with food provided they follow the 10pm curfew

Justifying the move in Lancashire, Health Secretary Matt Hancock pointed to an 'unrelenting rise' in cases.

The DoH said rates were highest for those aged 16-29 at 552 per 100,000 people.

Among the most vulnerable over-60 age group the rate stands at 214.

Thousands of venues closed from midnight on Friday, with casinos, betting shops and car boot sales given another 48 hours' grace.

London, Essex, Elmbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, York, North East Derbyshire, Chesterfield and Erewash also moved to the tougher Tier 2 restrictions from 0.01am on Saturday.

Tier 1 restrictions, which the majority of England have been placed under, are believed to mirror the rules currently in place across the country.

It includes the rule of six, a 10pm curfew, group sport to be played outdoors only and a maximum of 15 guests at wedding ceremonies.

Under Tier Two restrictions, households are also banned from meeting indoors, even in hospitality venues.

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Two households are allowed to socialise outdoors but must stay within the six-person limit and adhere to social distancing.

There is an ongoing conflict about whether Manchester will become a Tier Three lockdown area, with Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham arguing that the North was being treated like a 'canary in the coalmine' with experimental restrictions.

Today a further 16,982 people tested positive for coronavirus in the UK - a leap of almost a third compared to last week.

Today's number of positive cases is up 32 per cent on last Sunday's total of 12,872 and is 811 more cases than yesterday.

Adding to concern is Scotland's 316 cases - which were released after a 'short delay' this afternoon.

Officials warned the number reflects a 'capacity issue' which caused processing delays so the actual number of cases north of the border is likely higher.

However, testing capacity is almost 15 times larger than this time in April - with 304,315 tests processed today alone.

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