Pubs could be put under a strict new curfew if the Rule of Six measure does not prevent the coronavirus from spreading, it has been revealed.
Cases continue to spread throughout the United Kingdom and Birmingham has just been imposed under a local lockdown, restricting people from visiting other households.
With these new measures, the Government hopes that the R rate is lowered and cases are lowered. However, there is the possibility that it may not happen.
And further measures are being considered which means the nation’s boozers 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 in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.
It comes amid concerns that people tend not to adhere to social distancing rules when they consume more alcohol.
Thousands flouted the government’s new law today as they flocked to parks to soak up the sun.
Youngsters descended on parks in London, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Bristol to lap up the sun as the mercury hit 29.5c.
Now unless things improve, pubs could pay the price.
A 9pm closing time would be sure to infuriate the Treasury, who are trying to repair Britain’s ailing hospitality sector.
Greg Mulholland from the British Pubs Confederation said: “Most pubs are just about getting by and are scarcely profitable.
“If this happens the industry will need a massive level of support, through grants and extended furlough.
“Pubs have been diligently following the rules, making sure people sanitise and social distance, and that will be the same at 6pm, 9pm or 11pm.
“These proposals are unacceptable and if implemented the government risks destroying the Great British pub.”
It is part of a drive to get a grip on the country’s spiralling coronavirus cases after England’s R number climbed above one, meaning the virus is spreading.