Under new emergency lockdown plans being drafted by the government, restaurants, pubs, and bars in England could be forced to close for a two-week period in certain parts of the country.
According to a report in the Times, the new emergency lockdown plan could be enforced across northern England and London. Ministers are believed to be preparing a second lockdown for certain parts of the country, with hospitality businesses compelled to close in a bid to combat a second wave of the pandemic.
The proposal was initially presented at the cabinet’s COVID-19 strategy committee ahead of last week’s announcement that hospitality businesses had to adhere to a 10pm curfew. It was, however, rejected by a group of six ministers led by Boris Johnson, according to the Times.
The first lockdowns are likely to be imposed in Merseyside and the North East of England, areas which have reported a spike in cases over the past few weeks, and that Greater Manchester and Leeds are also being considered.