'Pubs should be open LONGER not closed at 10pm if we want to contain Covid-19'
A CURFEW on pubs, bars and restaurants should be extended – to stop coronavirus spreading, an expert has claimed. A 10pm closure of much of the hospitality sector was introduced by Boris John…
Crowds ofpeople were pictured on Saturday nightgathering in city centres and piling onto public transport, while long queues formed at off licences.Dr Flavio Toxvaerd, an infectious diseases expert at the University of Cambridge, blasted the new rule as "completely predictable".
Writing on Twitter, he said: "Create a bottleneck and people will crowd together... could have learned this from other countries."But Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden insisted on Sunday that there was "definitely science" behind the curfew, despite a scientist advising the Government saying he had "never heard" the measure discussed at Sage meetings.
6People leave bars and restaurants at closing time in Soho, London on FridayCredit: PA:Press Association6Images on social media appeared to show people packed onto the London Underground after pubs closed at 10pm on SaturdayCredit: @Alfie_CliftonDr Toxvaerd added: “Each situation calls for tailored solutions, but two general principles apply.
"First, where possible, service capacity and opening hours should be expanded to avoid crowds forming."This is especially true for retail and public transport.Where possible, service capacity and opening hours should be expanded to avoid crowds forming
Dr Flavio ToxvaerdCambridge University"Second, when demand is concentrated at certain hours of the day, as is the case with pubs, then services need to be staggered."For example, access for customers could be managed and time stamped and punters would be required to leave within a set time since arrival."
Dr Toxvaerd added: “We need to be creative and ensure that we make the least damage to the economy while keeping in mind the effect on social activity on the spread of the disease.”It comes asofficial data shows that pubs and restaurants accounted for less than three per cent of coronavirus infections in the week before the curfew
was introduced.In fact, schools and care homes were responsible for more than two thirds of all positive tests, weekly figures from Public Health England have revealed.Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has called for an urgent review of the "hard" 10pm curfew, warning it may be doing "more harm than good".
Mr Burnham said the early closing time was leading to a rush to off-licences and creating an incentive for people to gather in each others' homes.'Packed to the rafters'"I received reports that the supermarkets were absolutely packed out to the rafters with people gathering," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
"I think there needs to be an urgent review of the emerging evidence from police forces across the country."My gut feeling is that this curfew is doing more harm than good. It creates an incentive for people to gather in the street or more probably to gather in the home.
"That is the opposite of what our local restrictions here are trying to do. I don't think this has been fully thought through."6He suggested one option could be to impose a 9pm curfew on alcohol sales in shops to prevent the rush to off-licences after the pubs close.
John Apter, national chairman of the Police Federation, said police had difficulty dispersing large crowds that gathered with only limited numbers of officers available."You might only have one or two people in a busy high street at 10pm when hundreds and hundreds of people are coming out on to the streets," he told Today.
"My colleagues will do the best they can to encourage and coerce people to move on but it is really difficult."All that you need is a hostile group that turns against those officers and the resources for that city centre are swallowed up dealing with that one incident."
Health minister Helen Whately said the Government was keeping an "open mind" about the new coronavirus regulations which came into force in England on Thursday.Ms Whately said ministers are seeking to learn from experience but that the Government had had to act in response to the rising infection rates.
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"We keep an open mind on what is the best way to go about it. The steps that we have taken, particularly with the 10pm curfew, is something that we have done in some places during the course of the summer where we saw localised outbreaks and hospitality being part of the picture.
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This is silly policy brought in by Boris Johnson can't the pubs shut at 11pm instead.🍻 Just close them.....or leave the hours as they were .....most of the people going are teen/mid 20 people and they are going to be the cause of a second potential country lockdown Or keep them open longer so people can go home at different times.
Close them down If I was allowed to escape from a nursing home the last place I’d go to would be a pub full of young people .: let them live a little. MarianneSansum i am clutching onto a 12 pack of toilet roll in utter fear with the implanted media slogan of save granny stay home going round and round in my head . i am staring at my app waiting with dread telling me that i have come into contact with the terror virus we call covid .
The problem I can see coming is we do not comply the government will lock down hard and that's no good for all of us. ExPeRtS sAy. An appropriate response would be to keep them closed. It’s like you’re trying to create more hotspots. It may also be helpful if people stopped acting like morons.
Pubs & restaurants caused just 3% of Covid infections in week before 10pm curfewPUBS and restaurants caused less than three per cent of coronavirus infections in the week before the 10pm curfew, official data shows. In fact, schools and care homes were responsible for more tha… Students must've caused the other 97% 👨🏫👩🏫🕵️♂️ And now the gatherings of people outside the pubs will cause 50 percent increase. They all packed like sardines PeterMichaels72 The true scale of wave 1 in focus and the indicators of what is a 3nd wave
Boozers hit the town early as nightclubs open at 3pmto beat 10pm Covid curfewBOOZED up revellers made the most of pubs and bars before the 10pm curfew today. To get around the new Coronavirus rules, Brits got on the lash early, resulting in some pretty messy scenes up and d… good stuff
Brits rave in the streets after spilling out of pubs at 10pmThe party continued after the pubs kicked out with large crowds singing and dancing on the streets. Absolutely what did they think was gonna happen 😂 This government couldn't predict the time while surrounded by clocks Hope they enjoyed their early Christmas bash as the rest of us will suffer even more with another lockdown
UK coronavirus live: Burnham says 10pm closing time for pubs 'doing more harm than good'Greater Manchester mayor says rule ‘creates an incentive for people to gather in the streets or at home’ Rules for thee but not for me,said the MP.s And there's not many pubs in Burnham on Sea. Really? What would he do and why hasn't he done it yet, he has the power.
Brits swamp empty streets and dance around police after 10pm pub curfewAs pubs shut, a spontaneous street party started in York with crowds jeering and booing police who tried to break it up. niceone But drinkers don't care after they've had a few. The Nation of Covid pissheads will be the cause for more and more cases I wonder how they will be feeling if because of this they unknowingly give their parents and grandparents Covid19
Pub curfews cause social distancing CHAOS as 1,000s spill onto streets at 10pmTHE new pub curfews caused chaos last night as thousands spilled onto the streets and poured onto public transport at 10pm. Social distancing went out of the window as the hoards mingled in shops a… Why have the corrupt old Bill got their batons out for them then Shock horror! Didn’t see that coming