Pubs, bars and restaurants in England will be required to close from 10pm from Thursday under new rules to combat the rise of coronavirus.
The rules, which also includes all other hospitality venues, have been introduced as part of a raft of new measures to curb the rapid rise of infections across the country.
Announcing the new rules, Prime Minister Boris Johnson says we have reached a “perilous turning point”.
At present, new COVID-19 infections are doubling weekly. Moreover, the UK’s virus alert level as moved to 4, which means transmission is “high or rising exponentially”.
It’s believed the new measures could be in place for up to six months. However, the PM says that this does not mark a return to the March-May lockdown.