Health minister Helen Whately has warned that more social restrictions could be imposed, including closing pubs and restaurants for TWO WEEKS.
The minister also hinted on stricter bans on household mixing as a government source claimed the action “will have to come”. Helen Whately said, “we don’t want to” bring in measures taking the UK back towards a second national lockdown but cautioned the government is keeping a “constant eye” on COVID-19 cases.
Asked this morning by Kay Burley on Sky News about what changes people should prepare for, the social care minister pointed to the rules banning household mixing in parts of northwest and northeast England. It follows a report from a UK national newspaper that a “total social lockdown” could be enforced across much of northern Britain and London – with all pubs and restaurants ordered to shut for two weeks.
Under the new restrictions being discussed are that households would also be banned from meeting each in other in any indoor location, but schools, shops and offices would remain open. It is understood that a senior government source said the nation and Conservative MPs weren’t “ready” for such action but it “will have to come”.
Local lockdowns failing to slow the increase in coronavirus cases
Some 48 towns, cities or districts are currently locked down, with a further six being given enhanced support, and 38 listed as concerning. Local lockdowns are not working to suppress the increase in coronavirus cases, analysis shows, with just one town managing to break free of restrictions, and most seeing arise in infections.
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