London facing ‘additional measures’ to halt Covid admits Sadiq Khan after call with Boris

London facing ‘additional measures’ to halt Covid admits Sadiq Khan after call with Boris

The London Mayor and the Prime Minister discussed the coronavirus situation in the capital in a call earlier on Tuesday.

A spokesman for Mr Khan said: “Sadiq had a constructive telephone call with the PM this morning.

“They discussed the rapidly worsening situation in London, including increasing ICU admission rates, and the need to go further now to prevent a disastrous full lockdown in future including mandatory face coverings for hospitality workers and more widespread wearing of face coverings.

“It is clear that London has unique needs and challenges and additional measures need to be examined which are suitable for the capital.

“Sadiq and the PM agreed to speak more regularly.”

Mr Johnson chaired a Cobra committee meeting with the leaders of the devolved administrations before speaking to Mr Khan.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “The Prime Minister set out the importance of all parts of the United Kingdom working closely together in response to the second wave of coronavirus.

“And following the Cobra meeting the Prime Minister spoke with the Mayor of London to discuss the situation there.”

The Prime Minister ordered new coronavirus restrictions for England in the House of Commons which will be introduced over the coming days.

The measures include office workers being asked to work from home.

Pubs, bars and restaurants will be table-service only, and hospitality, leisure and entertainment venues will be subject to a 10pm curfew.

Face coverings will be required for taxi passengers, retail staff and hospitality customers, except when sitting down eating or drinking.

Retail, leisure and tourism businesses face fines or closure for failing to comply with coronavirus rules.

A maximum of 15 people will be allowed to attend wedding ceremonies and receptions.

The rule of six will be extended to cover indoor team sports, such as five-a-side football games.

And plans to allow business conferences and crowds at sporting events from October 1 have been abandoned.

More to follow…

Published at Tue, 22 Sep 2020 16:12:00 +0000