Boris Johnson intends to reset the pub's closing times to 11pm when the lockdown ends
Boris Johnson is set to give the UK a boost before Christmas by lifting the 10 p.m. curfew in pubs and restaurants.
Sunday's mail assumes the prime minister intends to extend hours to 11 p.m. when the second national lockdown ends on December 2nd. While the last orders are still coming in at 10 p.m., people are given an extra hour to finish drinks and meals.
In addition to helping the hospitality industry, the plan is also expected to be adopted in a crunch cabinet meeting that evening and will keep crowds from gathering on the streets at the time of the departure.
The 10pm curfew has received widespread criticism after its inception in September, and # 10 is determined to show that it can both listen to its back benches and learn lessons when measures are unsuccessful. The proposal has broad support. One minister said: "Last 10 p.m. orders and being able to stay longer sounds extremely sensible."
Mr Johnson will be televised tomorrow to announce to the House of Commons and the nation that the lockdown will end December 2nd as promised.
He will also set out details of a new winter plan to fight Covid, including a revised three-tier structure for restrictions. The new framework will run through spring to add confidence and clarity to businesses and the general public as work continues on vaccine approval and a mass vaccination project.
There is growing confidence that positive results from a study of a vaccine developed by Oxford University and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca are "imminent". Vaccines made by Pfizer and the US company Moderna have already been shown to be almost 95 percent effective.
A government insider said: "There is a chance that one day we will wake up soon and the Brexit will be over and we will have the Oxford vaccine."
However, it is expected that the revised tier system introduced by Mr. Johnson will bring more areas to the top third level. The final decision as to which areas go to which levels will be made on Thursday.
While almost all stores are allowed to reopen, bookmakers and so-called "wet pubs" that do not offer food may have to remain closed in places with the highest infection rate. There may also be tighter controls on households that mix indoors. "The new Tier 3 will look a lot tighter than the old one," admitted a government source.
The 10 p.m. curfew was widely criticized when it was introduced in September when crowds gathered outside pubs
In Soho, night owls often gathered in large crowds after the pubs closed, and many hugged and sang in close proximity
However, restrictions on sport are being relaxed as ministers discuss at length how to allow crowds in open-air stadiums. The main sticking point, however, is how fans can be brought to and from the events without the risk of infection in public transport.
To build confidence, Mr Johnson said in a speech yesterday, "My first message is 'Thank you' for what you have done over the past very difficult eight months. My second is that hope is on the horizon."
The developments came as follows:
- Hopes were renewed that the second wave of Covid-19 had peaked with 341 new deaths – 121 fewer than last Saturday and only five of them had no underlying health conditions – and the number of infections daily decreased by more than a quarter to 19,875;
- US drug company Novavax hoped that a vaccine it is developing could prevent people from infecting one another after successful attempts on monkeys.
- At least 22 people were arrested when anti-lockdown protesters clashed with police at rallies in Bournemouth, London and Liverpool.
- Mr Johnson saw an increase in public opinion polls, with the Tories falling to 41 percent and Labor to 38 percent, according to Optimum. It has been reported that Chancellor Rishi Sunak will come up with a £ 3 billion plan this week to clean up the backlog on operations canceled due to the pandemic as part of a spending review that also aims to provide support for the mental health sector Promote health and revitalize the high street.
- Church leaders appealed to the government to reopen the places of worship for Christmas services.
Ministers yesterday continued talks on whether and how the restrictions could be lifted for Christmas. It is understood that in a four nation truce, all families across the UK will have the same number of days to celebrate with loved ones.
The government is also debating how some pantomimes could be allowed, though the theaters are unlikely to open any larger before next year.
Scientists warned last week that it might take up to five days of hard lockdown to compensate for each day with fewer restrictions over Christmas.
# 10 is determined to show that it can both listen to its back benches and learn lessons when actions are unsuccessful
But Mr Johnson and Mr Sunak have stressed the need to return to a "working economy". A source said, "We need to get back to normal."
The ministers are trying to identify measures to increase morale, e.g. B. the possibility of people watching live sports again, or the reopening of cinemas.
"This is an important element to consider," a government source said. "If you allow people to see the latest Bond movie in theaters, it is a big signal that things are back to normal." The renewed optimism has to do with the “transformative” effect that the introduction of a vaccine or vaccines will have.
A source said Sir Patrick Vallance, the government's chief scientific advisor, had "had a spring in his stride".
A source said Sir Patrick Vallance, the government's chief scientific adviser, had "a spring in his step" this week
Ministers are currently working on plans to maintain restrictions until the end of March, when experts say most of the vaccines can be dispensed. The limitations are checked as the data improves or deteriorates.
Ministers will consider the latest data before finalizing the new tiered arrangements later this week.
The measures are then voted on in parliament. While some Tory MPs have raised concerns that gyms and the beauty industry will be an "afterthought," the Treasury Department is pushing for them to reopen on December 2nd.
A source said: “Companies like gyms and beauty salons are desperate to open and have got Covid safe.
"People want to get their nails done before Christmas – it's a big season for these companies."
The pubs have been boarded up throughout November and the Prime Minister is hoping to give them a Christmas boost
However, 70 Conservative MPs have written to the Prime Minister saying that they will not vote in favor of reintroducing the tiered system unless the government justifies any persistent restriction.
Organized by Steve Baker and former Whip Chief Mark Harper, the letter warns that ministers must "publish a full cost-benefit analysis of the proposed restrictions on a regional basis".
A # 10 spokesman said: "All efforts during the current national restrictions have helped bring the virus back under control, slow its spread and ease pressure on the NHS.
"But the prime minister and his scientific advisors are certain the virus is still there – and without regional restrictions, it could quickly spiral out of control again before vaccines and mass tests show any effect."