Boris Johnson faces Tory's backlash over coronavirus crackdowns

Boris Johnson faced an immediate backlash from Tory today after revealing his new coronavirus crackdown as Conservative MPs argued over the detention.

Mr Johnson put a 10 p.m. curfew on pubs and restaurants, urged workers to return to work from home where they can, and expanded the rules on the mandatory wearing of face masks.

The prime minister said the measures were necessary to stop the disease from spreading as he warned it could last six months.

But Tory MPs criticized the plans this afternoon when they warned of the economic damage the measures could have and asked what Mr Johnson's message was to "grandparents who want their lives to be before it's too late and their families can not see ".

The Prime Minister was also reminded that people "are only young once" when he was told that "blanket restrictions affect all people of all ages, regardless of the actual risk to them".

Conservative MPs also said their constituents would be angry at the new policy after following government rules only to "see people protesting at street parties with no action taken".

They also warned that the decision to turn off their backs to work will lead to widespread "dismay" among workers living in "cramped, overcrowded shelters".

Boris Johnson was harassed today by Tory MPs over his recent proposals to stop the spread of the coronavirus

"Six months" curbs at a glance

  • All pubs, bars and restaurants in England are subject to a curfew at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday. The Prime Minister insists that the premises must kick all customers out by the deadline.
  • The hospitality sector will also be limited to table service only, as the government has banned drinkers taking a trip to the bar.
  • All indoor retail workers and customers are required to wear masks – unless they're sitting down to eat or drink.
  • All employees who can work from home will be asked to do so from tomorrow.
  • The fines for breaking the Rule of Six and missing face covering increase to £ 200 for a first offense.
  • Police will now have the option to call on the military for assistance, with soldiers possibly being drafted to perform official duties and guarding protected locations so that officers have more time to take action against rule violations.
  • The number of people allowed to attend weddings in England will be reduced to 15 from Monday, but the number of people allowed to attend a funeral will remain at 30.
  • Plans for the partial return of sports fans to the stadiums on October 1 have been suspended.
  • The rule of six exemptions is tightened to ban team sports such as five-on-five soccer games.

Mr Johnson was barbecued by MPs for an hour in the House of Commons this afternoon after setting out his proposals.

Mel Stride, the Tory chair of the Commons Treasury Select Committee, told the Prime Minister that lockdowns "destroy jobs and also personal well-being" when he urged the government to be vigilant about corporate concerns.

He said, "And the fact that the lockdowns have harmed our economy means that a smaller economy is likely to have serious implications for the health of millions of people in our country in the years to come."

He added: "Yes, we should listen very carefully to the epidemiologists, but we also have to listen very carefully to the Treasury, the companies and also the economists."

Mr Johnson said Mr Stride was "spot on" and "so we must take action now to avoid the risk of having to take more drastic measures later that would cause greater economic damage."

Tory Dame Cheryl Gillan referred to the Prime Minister's suggestion that the measures could last for six months when she asked, “What does he say about grandparents who want to live their lives before it's too late and can't see their families , to worried parents and families who currently do not have access to a test, workers and entrepreneurs facing financial ruin, and MPs who want to discuss these matters in Parliament before they are decided and not afterwards for him can help to take on this burdensome responsibility?

"How can he convince all of them that he is on the right track and unites our country with the hope of an end to this misery?"

Mr Johnson replied, "Thank you (Dame Cheryl) and she is absolutely right that Parliament should, and will, consider these issues and Mr Spokesman will have time in government next week for a very full debate on these measures."

Conservative ex-minister Andrew Percy told Mr Johnson: “I have to convey to him the concern of voters in my area where our seven day moving average is well below 20 and falling, where people follow the rules and people protest have seen parties on the street who have taken no action against them, and we will now suffer from these further measures. & # 39;

Mr Johnson said the majority are "disappointed in the minority who disobey the rules" so the government is tightening enforcement and increasing the fines to £ 200.

Conservative former Cabinet Secretary Stephen Crabb raised the issue of working from home.

He said, “While working from home has been great for many – senior executives who live in larger buildings with beautiful gardens – it has not been an experience for many others who live in cramped, overcrowded accommodations.

"Mr. Johnson also acknowledges that there will be dismay today among those for whom returning to Covid-Safe jobs was so important to mental, physical and social well-being, and it seems like it will be a long six months." Do you have to work in your own four walls again? & # 39;

Mr. Johnson replied, “When people need to go to work for their job, mental health, wellbeing, or whatever, of course they should.

"We say you should work from home if you can."

Tory Nick Fletcher said "blanket restrictions affect all people of all ages regardless of the actual risk to them," and suggested that people should be able to do a "personal Covid risk assessment."

He said the results could be used to determine if & # 39;someone has to shield or can go about his daily life ”.

He added: & # 39; T.This will help stimulate the economy while protecting the vulnerable. After all, the lives of many people are profoundly affected by these limitations, especially the young people who, as we all know, are only young once. & # 39;

But Mr Johnson told Mr Fletcher that the "tragedy of the coronavirus pandemic is that people who are not badly affected themselves can still inadvertently pass it on to the elderly or more vulnerable".

"Your harmless cough, unfortunately, can be someone else's death knell and so we have to apply the restrictions we do," he said.

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