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PM rejects calls to scrap 10pm pub curfew despite crowding disaster

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Boris Johnson has rejected calls to rethink the 10pm pub curfew, despite pleas from businesses and customer crowding after closing time.

The measure was introduced earlier this month in a bid to curb the spread of the virus in boozers.

However, scientists have since questioned how effective the curfew will prove – with some fears it may be doing more harm than good.

Asked if the restriction would be reconsidered, A No 10 spokesman today said: "No. I would obviously say we keep all of our social distancing measures under review but no there's nothing in that regard."

Scientists advising the Prime Minister “never discussed” the measure, according to a leading member of the Sage group.

Professor Graham Medley, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said: “I never discussed it or heard it discussed.”

Another Sage number, Professor John Edmunds, said the 10pm curfew was “fairly trivial”.

He added: “It will have a very small impact on the epidemic.”

Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, has already called for an "urgent review" of the policy.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I received reports that the supermarkets were absolutely packed out to the rafters with people gathering.

“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’s potentially contradictory because it creates an incentive for people to gather in the streets or more probably gather in the home.

“I don’t think this has been fully thought through to be honest.”

  • Boris Johnson
  • Coronavirus
  • Pubs

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