LONDON – Prime Minister Boris Johnson has always looked for the bright side of Britain’s response to the pandemic. Last spring, he promised to “send the coronavirus packaging” in 12 weeks. In the summer, he coaxed people back to their offices and restaurants, even offering to subsidize their meals.
On Tuesday, however, the unusually gloomy Mr Johnson offered no sweeteners as he announced a series of new restrictions on British society to try to prevent the second wave of infections currently plaguing the country from s worsen during fall and winter.
Pubs and restaurants will close at 10 p.m., people are now asked to work from home, and fines for those who break rules on gathering size or wear masks will be doubled to 200 pounds ($ 255) for offenders primary. The restrictions, he said, could remain in place for the next six months.
“We always knew that while we could have rolled back the virus, the prospect of a second wave was real,” Mr Johnson told a socially remote chamber of the House of Commons. “I’m sorry to say that, like in Spain, France and many other countries, we have reached a perilous turning point.”