England curfew: ‘All pubs and restaurants must close at 10pm’ – PM to announce

Pubs, bars and restaurants across England will be forced to close by 10pm from Thursday, September, 24 – Boris Johnson is set to announce.

Here’s a round-up of what the PM will say – including what the the new rules are.

When will the PM address the nation – and what will he say?

The Prime Minister will address the nation on Tuesday evening to outline new measures to tackle the sharp rise in coronavirus cases.

As well as the curfew, the hospitality sector will be restricted by law to table service only.

Mr Johnson will chair meetings of Cabinet and the Cobra emergency committee – including the leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – ahead of a live, televised address at 8pm.

The Prime Minister is expected to set out further ways the country can confront coronavirus in line with the scientific advice.

What are the new rules for pubs, bars and restaurants across England from September 24?

These include:

  • Closing times

From Thursday evening, all pubs, bars, restaurants and other venues in England will be required to close by 10pm.

The 10pm curfew, used elsewhere in local lockdowns, will be rolled out across the country to try to prevent alcohol-fuelled breaches of social distancing rules.

  • No propping up the bar

Say goodbye to your favourite bar stool for a while – from Thursday evening all sectors of the hospitality industry will be restricted by law to table service only.

Maintaining social distancing when the bar queue is 3ft deep at last orders was always going to be a challenge.

  • Keep washing those hands

As more measures are announced, the Government will still be hammering home its “hands, face, space” message as the most effective form of virus control.

The Prime Minister is due to urge the nation to stick to social distancing, regular hand washing and wearing face coverings in a bid to avoid a second national lockdown.

Medical officers: ‘UK Covid alert level should be upgraded’

It comes after the UK’s four chief medical officers recommended raising the Covid alert level from three to four – the second highest – indicating the “epidemic is in general circulation; transmission is high or rising exponentially”.

And earlier on Monday (September 21) Sir Patrick Vallance – the chief scientific adviser – said the UK could see 50,000 Covid-19 cases a day by mid-October and a daily death toll of 200 or more a month later unless urgent action is taken.

What have Number 10 said?

A Number 10 spokesperson 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.”

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