Boris Johnson has said new coronavirus measures could be in place for up to six months and warned restrictions could be further tightened if the rules aren’t followed. Are the new measures enough to avoid a second national lockdown? Subscribe to our channel here:
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called on the public to “summon the discipline and the resolve” to follow the new coronavirus rules announced across the UK on Tuesday.
In a television broadcast to the country he warned that new restrictions could last six months, and that the government may go further if people do not stick to them.
In England, rules on face coverings were expanded, with the fines for flouting the rules increasing to £200 on the first offence, and pubs restaurants and other hospitality venues will have to close by 10pm.
Hospitality venues will also have to close early in Scotland and Wales – but Scotland has gone further, banning people from visiting other people’s homes.
Are these new measures enough to avoid a second national lockdown?
Political Editor Nick Watt reports and Emily Maitlis is joined by former Conservative Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who now chairs the commons health select committee.
Newsnight is the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs TV programme – with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews.