The Government are considering action such as closing pubs to a ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown
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Tighter lockdown rules are set to come in to play in different areas around the country, with more measures also being considered.
It seems the government is poised to issue additional lockdown measures in the north of England and other Covid hotspot areas could soon follow suit.
The news comes as Scotland bans pubs from serving alcohol indoors for a fortnight.
The additional restrictions – which come amid a rising coronavirus rate and warnings from Sage experts that localised measures aren’t working – come in a bid to get a handle on the rising rate of coronavirus cases.
Hospital admissions are increasing, with 59 new deaths reported in the UK today. Seven of those were in the Midlands.
But, according to reports, it is the North East and North West of particular concern to the government.
Ministers have admitted “further action is likely to be needed” in the coming days.
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Pubs and restaurants close
The government is mulling over whether to close hospitality venues – pubs and restaurants – for a period.
Professor Calum Semple, a member of the Government’s scientific advisory panel who specialises in disease outbreaks, recommended a “circuit breaker” be considered on a national basis in a bid to slow the virus, rather than trying to reduce it at a later stage.
Five health board areas – Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran, Lothian, and Forth Valley – face stricter restrictions, with pubs and licensed cafes to shut to all but takeaway customers for the same period.
The measures come into force at 6pm on Friday for 16 days until October 25.
Households banned from mixing
The government is also looking at whether to further limit household mixing.
“The numbers in…
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