According to Reuters, the UK hospitality industry has initiated a legal challenge to prevent the new local coronavirus blocking rules for England announced on Monday from taking effect.
Driving the news: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson chaired a meeting “to determine final interventions” on Monday, but it is expected to include a three-tiered warning system to address areas where COVID-19 is on the rise, the BBC notes.
- The Liverpool city region should be classified level 3 restrictions this would likely see bars and other venues closed. Steve Rotheram, mayor of the North West English region, tweeted: “No agreement has yet been reached with the government.”
- The UK trade body, the Night Time Industries Association, told Reuters its lawsuit seeks to stop the tougher measures.
- “A judicial review would argue that no evidence supports the hospitality venues that contributed to the spread” of COVID-19, reports the Financial Times.
The big picture: The deputy medical director, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, said in a statement on Sunday “we are at a similar turning point to what we were in March”.
- Van-Tam noted that “an estimated 224,000 people have the virus – up from 116,000 last week” and that hospital admissions for COVID-19 are again on the rise, “as are ICU admissions.”
“Although the outbreak has begun again in the younger adult age groups in recent weeks, there is clear evidence of a gradual spread into the older age groups in the most affected areas. Unfortunately, just as night follows day, now it will follow. increases in deaths. in the coming weeks. “