Sadiq Khan says the policy has ‘worrying consequences’
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, also wants access to a ‘proper’ job retention scheme in line with the furlough scheme the UK had during the first lockdown.
His full statement is below:
‘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.
‘Immediately scrapping the 10pm curfew would allow more sittings of single households in restaurants throughout the evening, helping with cashflow at a time when venues need all the support they can get.
‘The government still haven’t got a grip on this virus and provided a functioning test and trace system. Ministers must give businesses the support they need to survive while restrictions remain in place. This includes access to a proper job retention scheme in line with the 80% furlough scheme in place at the start of the pandemic.’
Yesterday (Monday 19 October) Khan offered his support to hospitality workers protesting at the Hosp Demo taking place in Parliament Square calling for more help from the government.