Pubs could be under a strict new curfew if the Rule of Six measure does not prevent the spread of the coronavirus, it has been revealed.
Business continues to spread across the UK and Birmingham has just been imposed under a local lockdown, preventing people from visiting other households.
With these new measures, the government hopes that the R rate will be lowered and business will be lowered. However, it may not happen.
And further measures are being considered, meaning the nation’s drink hunters could be told to close early, reports the Mirror.
The measures came in after a worrying spike in Covid-19 cases across the country.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson could impose a curfew for pubs and restaurants to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
It’s because of the concern that people tend not to obey social distance rules if they consume more alcohol.
Thousands today flouted the government’s new law as they flocked to parks to soak up the sun.
Young people went to parks in London, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Bristol to shave in the sun when the mercury reached 29.5 degrees.
Unless things improve, pubs can pay the price.
A 9pm closing time would certainly infuriate the Treasury, which is trying to restore ailing hospitality industry in Britain.
Greg Mulholland of the British Pubs Confederation said: “Most pubs are nearing completion and barely profitable.
“When this happens, the industry will need massive support, through grants and extended leave.
“Pubs have diligently followed the rules and made sure that people disinfect themselves and have social distance, and that will be the same at 6:00 pm, 9:00 pm or 11:00 pm.
“These proposals are unacceptable and if implemented, the government risks destroying the Great British pub.”
It’s part of a drive to get to grips with the country’s spiral coronavirus cases after England’s R number rose above one, meaning the virus is spreading.