23 Sep Coronavirus: Second lockdown could be needed if new COVID-19 restrictions don’t work, warns Dominic Raab | Politics News
A second national lockdown could be needed if the latest coronavirus restrictions do not work, the foreign secretary has told Sky News.
Speaking to Kay Burley, Dominic Raab said “we can’t rule it out”, but stressed the government will “take every effort to avoid that”.
The foreign secretary was speaking after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new restrictions to try and combat the rise in COVID-19 cases in England:
- Office workers should work from home again if they can
- From Thursday, all pubs, bars and restaurants must only offer table service, and close at 10pm
- All retail staff, people using taxis and everyone using hospitality services must wear face coverings – with fines rising to at least £200 for non-compliance
- Weddings may only include 15 people, while funerals can host up 30
- The “rule of six” has been extended to indoor sports teams
In a televised address to the nation on Tuesday night, the PM urged Britons to “summon the discipline and the resolve” to avoid a second national lockdown after warning there have been “too many breaches” of the rules.
Asked about the prospect of another national shutdown, Mr Raab told Sky News: “We’ve always said we’ve got a sort of repository of measures in the arsenal to take.
“I don’t think we would speculate about what further could be done.
“But the reality is they will be more intrusive or we could end up in a national lockdown.
“That is what we want to avoid.”