Boris Johnson to announce 10PM curfew for pubs and restaurants in England

22 September 2020, 07:50

A curfew will be set for pubs, restaurants and bars in England from Thursday
A curfew will be set for pubs, restaurants and bars in England from Thursday. Picture: Getty/PA
Alice Dear

By Alice Dear

The Prime Minister will be announcing new restrictions today in an address to the nation.

Boris Johnson is expected to order pubs, bars and restaurants across England to close at 10PM from Thursday.

The Prime Minister will address the nation today at around 8PM to announce new rules and restrictions following a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

The new curfew, which is said to be actioned from Thursday September 24, comes after the UK's coronavirus alert level moved up to 4.

The hospitality sector affected will also be required to only offer table service in their venues.

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Boris Johnson will address the nation on Tuesday evening
Boris Johnson will address the nation on Tuesday evening. Picture: PA

These new measures come amid fears a second lockdown is on the way, however, new restrictions are believed to have been put in place in a bid to avoid another lockdown.

Earlier this week, Sir Patrick Vallance and Chris Whitty held a press conference to highlight the growing numbers of coronavirus cases.

The Chief Scientific Advisor warned that the UK could see almost 50,000 coronavirus cases a day by mid-October.

Pubs will also be required to offer table service
Pubs will also be required to offer table service. Picture: Getty

He revealed that cases are currently doubling every seven days in the UK, explaining: "If that continues unabated...there would be something like 50,000 cases per day by the middle of October."

Sir Patrick emphasised that the date is "not a prediction" but instead "showing how quickly this can move" if the virus is not brought under control.

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