Coronavirus: Bolton pubs could close AGAIN under new measuresJayann Arbiol
Coronavirus: Bolton pubs could close AGAIN under new measures.
Coronavirus: Bolton pubs could close AGAIN under new measures
BOLTON could face tough new coronavirus restrictions – including the possible closure of pubs and restaurants – just days after having harsher measures relaxed, it has emerged.
Swathes of northern England are facing a new lockdown amid fears the disease is spiralling out of control.
Ministers are said to be considering the new measures, which could come as early as Monday, as infection rates continue to soar in cities such as Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle.
Bolton, Bury and Burnley were singled out by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer in Parliament yesterday, as he challenged the Prime Minister on the Government’s handling of the crisis in northern towns.
The move, if confirmed, would be another body blow for the hard-pressed hospitality industry – no more so in Bolton where pubs and restaurants were only just allowed to reopen last week.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is reportedly finalising a package of financial support for the sector, amid fears of a fresh wave of job losses.
Downing Street and the Department of Health and Social Care both declined to comment on the reports.
But Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham last night tweeted: “No discussion. No consultation. Millions of lives affected by Whitehall diktat. It is proving impossible to deal with this Government.”
Tory backbenchers warned MPs must be given a vote before any such measures are brought into force in line with assurances given last week by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
The latest moves come after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a further tightening of restrictions in Scotland from 6pm on Friday.
Under the new rules, indoor hospitality venues will only be allowed to operate between 6am and 6pm daily, selling food and non-alcoholic drinks only, while outdoor bars will be allowed to serve alcohol until 10pm.
In the five regions with the highest number of cases – including Glasgow and Edinburgh – licensed premises will have to shut for a 16-day period, although they can offer takeaway services.