Birmingham is on the brink of a lockdown as council have been given permission to shut down bars and restaurants that flout social distancing rules.
The changes, which mostly make previus recommendations enforceable by law, come after consultation with the UK government over a recent spike in case numbers in the city.
Coronavirus has killed well over 45,000 Brits in hospitals, and new changes made by the local authority could impact city businesses from tomorrow.
Birmingham recorded 23.6 per 100,000 people in the seven days to August 20, down from 30.4 the previous week.
Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council said: “While the recent figures show our rates are going down, we cannot be complacent.
“We must all continue to follow all the relevant safety guidance in order to protect our families, friends and work colleagues.
“Most importantly staying disciplined now is a price worth paying when compared to the cost of damaging the future life chances of our city’s children – which may happen if there is a spike in the rate of infections and schools have to close, or parents do not send them due to concerns about the potential risks.
“Whilst the impact of Covid-19 may be felt over the next few years, the negative impacts upon children not being present at school will last a lifetime.”
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