The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has addressed the House of Commons, announcing new measures to address the pandemic and the rate of infection which is currently doubling every 7-10 days.
Measures include a 10pm curfew for pubs, bars and restaurants, increased mandatory requirements for face coverings (including now for taxi and private hire users), tightening the 'Rule of 6' and increasing sanctions for breaches. The measures are aimed at slowing the spread of the virus, and the PM warned that further measures will be considered if necessary.
The announcements by the PM were made in his address to the House of Commons at 12.30pm today and will be confirmed in a televised address to the nation this evening at 8.00pm.
The measures in summary outlined by Boris Johnson:
The PM stated that 30 million people are currently under local restrictions and that local interventions will continue. He stated that on scientific advice, those previously shielding would not need now to shield unless in a local lockdown area.
The PM stated that 'for the time being, this virus is a fact of our lives', and advised that no effort will be spared in developing a vaccine, treatments and new methods of mass testing. He stressed that the Government reserves the right to impose 'significantly greater restrictions... if necessary', pointing out that this will be needed if the latest measures do not have the right effect and if behaviours do not change.
The PM advised that the measures outlined apply in England, but that devolved administrations will be taking similar steps.