Pubs face new restrictions as Health Secretary warns UK is at a 'perilous moment'

As the Government thinks over their new restrictions plans regarding the coronavirus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has refused to guarantee that pubs will still be open by this weekend coming.

Health Secretary suggests pubs may be closed by the weekend: He also stressed that there would not be another lockdown and that it would be different to last time when the country saw a nationwide lockdown in March.

He said that he did not know if pubs would be ordered to close and that the Prime Minister would be announcing the new restrictions tomorrow (Tuesday). In an interview on ITV’s This Morning program he was asked by Philip Schofield if people would still be drinking in pubs come the weekend.

He replied that “we have to be absolutely clear about the changes that we have to make in the very near future”. He added that “it is not a yes and it is not a no, and the final decisions on what we will do to try and stop the surge that has been seen in the last two weeks have not yet been made”.

Amid the test and trace system failures, the Prime Minister is expected to announce new countrywide restrictions that go beyond the “rule of six” that was put into place last week. Hancock finished off by stressing that the problem did not lie with schools and workplaces, but rather with the social aspect of people mixing together.


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