There has been widespread criticism on the new restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus and the lack of evidence behind the 10 pm nightlife ban.
Key votes on curfew and the rule of six are expected this week amid rising calls on the government to publish the scientific advice behind the 10 pm closing time. MPs have indicated that they could withdraw their support for the implementation of the rule of six regulation and the curfew.
A vote on the 10 pm curfew could prompt a more significant rebellion from Conservative and Labour MPs. The Labour frontbench criticised the measure and another source said it was likely to be “a major problem on the government side”.
One MP said: “There is no basis for it, it is crippling the hospitality sector for no good reason and it chucks everyone out on the street at the same time. Things could get interesting if the Labour frontbench decide not to support it.”
The government hasn`t yet confirmed whether the vote will proceed. If the government loses the vote, it means pubs and restaurants will be allowed to open after 10 pm.
In an interview on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “The crucial thing is that in the next few days, week, we’ll see more clearly whether some of the restrictions that we put in – the extra enforcement of the rule of six, the extra enforcement of self-isolation, the rules on masks and so on – all the stuff that has come in, we’ll see whether that starts to work in driving down the virus.”
The government will have to publish scientific evidence to substantiate its implementation of the 10 pm curfew in order to get backing from MPs.