Pubs could be ordered to SHUT in Birmingham as lockdown rules tightened to stop spread


PUBS could be ordered to SHUT in Birmingham from Wednesday as lockdown rules are tightened to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The City Council today revealed tough new powers to try and stop the city from going into a full lockdown.

Police will have new powers to shut pubs and restaurants which aren’t coronavirus-secure in Birmingham

It means police will be able to stop people going in restaurants or bars which aren’t covid-secure.

And some large events such as weddings and funerals could be cancelled too.

Cops will also have the power to close public outdoor spaces to stop people gatehring there too.

It comes after a Gold Command meeting with Matt Hancock and local leaders in Birmingham last week.

The city became an “area of concern” and will now become an “area of enhanced support” after a spike in cases.

However, today it was claimed that rates of infection have been going down over recent days.

Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council said: “While the recent figures show our rates are going down, we cannot be complacent.

“We must all continue to follow all the relevant safety guidance in order to protect our families, friends and work colleagues.

“Most importantly staying disciplined now is a price worth paying when compared to the cost of damaging the future life chances of our City’s children – which may happen if there is a spike in the rate of infections and schools have to close, or parents do not send them due to concerns about the potential risks .

“Whilst the impact of Covid-19 may be felt over the next few years, the negative impacts upon children not being present at school will last a lifetime.”

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