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All pubs, bars and restaurants across England will be forced to close from 10pm on Wednesday November 4 until Wednesday December 2 under new Covid-19 restrictions.
Hospitality venues will close for a period of 1 month before they’re reopened under Boris Johnson’s second lockdown plans.
The industry will then have to comply with Tiered restrictions based on the category the region the pub or restaurant is in.
At the moment, venues in Tier 1 and 2 can open, but have to close by 10pm under the Prime Minister’s curfew.
In Tier 3, boozers aren’t allowed to open unless they’re serving a main meal alongside an alcoholic drink.
Mr Johnson said: "I'm afraid no responsible Prime Minister can ignore the message of those [rising coronavirus] figures.
"We know the cost of these restrictions – the impact on jobs and livelihoods, and people's mental health. No-one wants to be imposing these measures."
The Prime Minister thanked people who had been "putting up with" local restrictions.
But he warned: "We've got to be humble in the face of nature… the virus is spreading even faster than the reasonable worst case scenario of our scientific advisers.
"Unless we act, we could see deaths in this country running at several thousand a day – a peak of mortality, alas, bigger than the one we saw in April."
He warned that "Christmas is going to different this year" but added that by taking action now he hoped that families could be together.
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