In an effort to tackle the surge in Covid-19 cases, the government is expected to impose new measures which include a 10 pm nightlife ban for all Britons.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will address MPs and the nation on new measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Under the new regulations, pubs, bars and restaurants will be required to close at 10 pm from Thursday.
Previously, Johnson had encouraged Britons to return to work, but following the surge in cases, Michael Gove has urged the prime minister to abandon his drive to get Britons back to their offices.
The cabinet minister suggested that there should be a “shift in emphasis” and “if it is possible for Britons to work from home they should do so”.
In a statement, the cabinet Mr Gove said: “They are reluctant steps that we’re taking, but they’re absolutely necessary because as we were reminded yesterday and as you’ve been reporting, the rate of infection is increasing, the number of people going to hospital is increasing, therefore we need to act.”
Although the new measures will affect the hospitality industry, the government is not proposing a complete shutdown, except in some coronavirus hotspot areas.
The idea of working from home was welcomed by Labour`s shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy saying “If it takes the pressure off those people who have to go into the workplace, then I think it’s very welcome news.”
Taking measures to control the spread of the virus earlier will help the country to avoid more stringent measures later and save the lives of the people as well as the economy.