Boris urged NOT to impose further lockdown measures as cases continue to rise – poll
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Over the last couple of weeks, new cases of the deadly virus have surged with latest daily infection figures rising to more than 14,000. Mr Johnson could announce harsher lockdown measures to stop the spread of the virus.
The Prime Minister is expected to divide the country into three tiers depending in the risk and the rate of infections.
Areas such as Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle have seen cases soar over recent weeks.
Pubs and bars across the country all currently have a 10pm curfew but harsher measures could soon be imposed.
A poll, run on the Express.co.uk website run from 10.30am to 7pm today, asked: “Do you back further lockdown measures including closing pubs and restaurants again to help contain coronavirus in areas where cases are rising?”
From the 3,276 votes, 56 percent (1,999) said they would not back new lockdown measures.
Around 43 percent (1,614) said they would and just one percent (28) said they don’t know.
One reader called for the police to properly enforce the laws and claimed that would reduce the need for further restrictions.
They said: “If the police properly enforced the Covid laws there would be no need for more restrictions.
“People have come to believe that the laws have no teeth, so they can ignore them.
“Less ‘encouragement and education’ and more enforcement is needed.
“All the rubbish excuses claiming confusion by the public is just an excuse to ignore the laws.
“People have had 3 months to be ‘educated’ on the basic rules of wearing a face covering and social distancing.
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“All these other restrictions are to make up for deliberate non compliance of the public on the basic rules.
“We don’t need more restrictions, we need more enforcement by our lame police force. Target the Covidiots.
“At least then only the offenders would be punished and not the rest of the country.”
A second simply said it is not the fault of the pubs that people cannot social distance.
They said: “It is the people who have no sense of responsibility whatsoever that are causing the pandemic to spread!”
A third person said: “The pubs are not the problem, it’s what happens after closing time that causes the ‘R’ rate to rise, intoxicated people associating with no regard for keeping safe!”
It is believed Chancellor Rishi Sunak is finalising support for the hospitality sector following demands from MPs and local government leaders.
The hospitality industry has been one of the worst hit in the country alongside the arts.
Mr Johnson is currently facing a Tory revolt as backbenchers have already made clear they will use a possible vote in the House of Commons to rebel against the 10pm curfew, with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer signalling his party will also oppose it.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick refused to rule out similar measures being imposed in parts of England, and said the Government is “considering a range of different options”.
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