On Tuesday, Boris Johnson invited the British to work from home where possible and announced a reduction in opening hours for bars and restaurants in the hope of getting a second wave of the coronavirus epidemic in the UK. Schools and universities will remain open.
When political science advisers warn COVID-19-related mortality could explode without urgent executive action, the prime minister said the new restrictions on England could remain in place for six months.
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the other nations of the United Kingdom, are self-sufficient in public health and are preparing similar measures.
«We will not spare any effort to develop vaccines, treatments and new forms of mass screening, but if we do not see concrete progress, we have to leave the idea that the restrictions I announced will apply for maybe six monthsBoris Johnson told Parliament.
«I am sorry to say that, as in Spain, France and many other countries, we have reached a dangerous turning point.“, He added after chairing a meeting of the Cobra government̵
The Tory leader plans to speak to the nation at 19:00 GMT.
Just weeks after urging the British to return to work, Boris Johnson, who now considers a second wave “inevitable”, recommended that they work from home if they can.
He also ordered that pubs, bars and restaurants be closed at 22.00 from Thursday, where only table service is allowed.
Mandatory face masks will be expanded, companies that break the rules will be fined and individual checks will also be tightened, Boris Johnson continued.
Schools and universities will remain open.
British government science advisers warned on Monday that without urgent action, the daily number of coronavirus infections could increase to 50,000 in mid-October.
With almost 42,000 dead, the United Kingdom is the European country most left behind by COVID-19 and the fifth in the world.
Labor opposition leader Keir Starmer on Tuesday accused the government of “losing control” of the epidemic. “Our screening system collapsed when we needed it most“, he said.
However, Boris Johnson, who wants to avoid a total reconstruction of the country at all costs, as in March last year, warned that new restrictions would be introduced if necessary.
«We reserve the right to use more firepower with even stricter restrictionsIn Boris Johnson. “We will only be able to prevent it if our new measures yield results and our behavior changes.. »
«We will not listen to those who say: let the virus spread, nor those who advocate permanent inclusionBoris Johnson continued. “We take decisive and appropriate measures to create a balance between saving lives and protecting jobs.»