Boris Johnson declares “perilous turning point” with new restrictions for up to 6 months – BBC News

The United Kingdom has reached “a perilous turning point” in its struggle to contain coronavirus according to Boris Johnson.

The prime minister has set out a series of new restrictions for England with a warning that they could be in place for 6 months. He said that “significantly greater restrictions” will be brought in if cases continue to rise sharply.

Mr Johnson addressed the House of Commons and went on to explain his decisions in a televised address.

Reversing earlier policy, he said office workers in England should now work from home if possible. That was always the case in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Pubs and restaurants will only have table service and will have to be closed by 10pm. Customers will have to wear a face mask unless they’re seated.

There’ll be stricter penalties too in England with a fine of £200 if people don’t wear a mask or meet in groups of more than six people.

Despite the rising number of infections the prime minister told people who were shielding early in the pandemic that they didn’t need to shield again, unless they’re in an area with a local lockdown.

Some experts have said the measures announced will not be enough to suppress the virus in England. The Scottish government has gone much further. From tomorrow people there will be banned from visiting other households.

The Prime Minister emphasised that the new measures being introduced were intended to shelter the economy from further damage. However the employers organisation the CBI said that the measures would be a crushing blow to thousands of businesses with many firms facing uncertain futures.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by political editor Laura Kuenssberg, medical editor Fergus Walsh, Scotland editor Sarah Smith, Ireland correspondent Emma Vardy, Wales correspondent Hywel Griffith and economics editor Faisal Islam.

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  1. The British people are strange. First they vote for brexit, then they elect a conservative govt to deliver brexit, now they don’t trust that same government.

  2. It’s a bit late in the day to be urging a spirit of togetherness, when you set out from the start to sow division. Clown with no concept of the truth, willing to spout any nonsense to further his own career. Where was he last weekend? Perugia Airport have him arriving September 11th late afternoon, with Italy on a government travel restriction. Obey the rules while I break all of them, never mind flagrant disregard for respect for international law

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