Boris Johnson ‘to scrap 10pm curfew’ and give Brits another hour in pubs

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Boris Johnson ‘to scrap 10pm curfew’ and give Brits another hour in pubs
Boris Johnson ‘to scrap 10pm curfew’ and give Brits another hour in pubs

Boris Johnson could scrap the 10pm curfew on hospitality venues when lockdown in England ends on December 2.

It is understood the Prime Minister will extend opening hours until 11pm in a bid to help the hospitality industry which has been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Final orders could be taken at 10pm, but people will get an extra hour to finish their meals and drinks, according to reports.

The new measures could not only help the restaurants, bars and pubs but also prevent crowds to gather together at closing time.

The 10pm curfew, which was introduced in September, was widely criticised but one minister said the new proposal has widespread support.

An insider told the Daily Mail : “10pm last orders and being allowed to stay longer sounds eminently sensible.”

The Cabinet is expected to discuss and sign off the plan on Sunday before Mr Johnson announces it to Parliament on Monday.

The PM will address the nation to confirm the lockdown will end on December 2 and to set out new plans going forward.

When lockdown ends, England will face a tier system similar to the one in place before lockdown was introduced on November 5 – but with stricter measures, reports The Mirror.

The Prime Minister’s office said England will move into tougher tiered regional restrictions than before, with more areas facing severe constraints to prevent the virus from reigniting.

“The Prime Minister and his scientific advisors are clear the virus is still present – and without regional restrictions it could quickly run out of control again before vaccines and mass testing have had an effect,” a spokeswoman said.

“That would put in jeopardy the progress the country has made, and once again risk intolerable pressure on the NHS.”

Britain has suffered the worst death toll in Europe and the deepest economic contraction of any G7 nation, prompting sharp criticism of Mr Johnson’s handling of the pandemic.

Prior to the latest lockdown, England had been placed into three tiers, with the toughest measures imposed in northern England, where movement was limited and pubs were forced to close unless they sold substantial meals.

Mr Johnson’s office said the Prime Minister would set out a new Covid Winter Plan on Monday, with more areas placed into the higher restrictions under the tiered system.

The plan will also include details on interactions at Christmas.

According to reports, families could be allowed to meet for up to a week at Christmas as part of a UK-wide easing of coronavirus restrictions.

Several households could be allowed to join a social bubble and to mix between December 22 and 28.

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