Curfews could be introduced across London to prevent people from going ‘out drinking until the wee hours of the morning’, a public health chief has said.
Professor Kevin Fenton, London director of Public Health England, stated that Londoners did a ‘phenomenal’ job of reducing the number of infections in the capital during lockdown and called on them to do the same again.
He argued that the more people do now to ‘reduce the risk of transmission’, the less likely a second wave of the virus will become. He emphasised that another strict lockdown could cause harm to health and well-being, as well as damaging the economy.
Prof Fenton continued: ‘In some areas which have seen resurgence, there have been limits placed on the amount of time you can spend socialising. In some it might be local curfews so you’re not out drinking until the wee hours of the morning.
‘By limiting that you also limit the amount of time people are spending in close contact with others.’
A curfew is already in place across Bolton, with hospitality venues forced to close between 10pm and 5am, and only takeaway food and drinks allowed.
Ministers are now said to be already considering a nationwide 10pm curfew for the public in order to avoid a second wave.
Boris Johnson is reportedly determined to keep schools open for as long as possible, meaning a number of preventative measures are likely to be trialled first.
Professor Fenton told the Evening Stanard general restrictions across London could take place instead of targeted and localised measures, which do not take population flows into account.
He continued: ‘We will work with our London partners to identify what’s the best approach, and some of that might be intensifying activity at borough and sub-regional levels, and for a few things it may require a pan-London approach, just because of how feasible it is to implement some of those interventions.’
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