Sadiq Khan calls for end to 10pm curfew

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called for the 10pm curfew on hospitality establishments to be lifted in the city.

Khan said there is no longer “justification” for forcing bars and restaurants to close early now the capital is under tier two restrictions, which bar households from mixing indoors.

According to the mayor, the introduction of Tier 2 restrictions meant that different households or support bubbles will no longer be mingling in restaurants or bars, removing the danger that they might pass on the disease.

The 10pm curfew on pubs, bars and restaurants  came into effect in England on 24 September, which prime minister Boris Johnson warned could last six months.

Khan said: “I have said for a while that the current curfew rule needs to be rapidly reviewed. We saw the worrying consequences of increased social mixing on the streets and on public transport in the capital around 10pm immediately after its introduction.

“Now London and other parts of the country have moved into tier 2 and higher restrictions, which prohibit household mixing, the current 10pm curfew policy makes even less sense and should be scrapped.”

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