Minister insists there's 'definitely science' behind 10pm curfew
- Credit: Andrew Marr Show/BBC
Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has insisted there was “definitely science” behind the 10pm curfew for hospitality venues.
Dowden was questioned on reports from a Sage scientist (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies), who claimed that the group had never talked about the impact of the policy of closing hospitality services earlier.
Professor Graham Medley said: “I never discussed it or heard it discussed.”
He added: “We put forward, what we think works, but it's the government which decides what package of measures to put forward and, in the end, it's a societal decision.”
Another scientist, Professor John Edmunds, said the curfew was "fairly trivial" and would have a "very small impact on the epidemic".
You may also want to watch:
But Dowden told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show: “There is definitely science behind it, that’s why we’re requiring people to be seated in pubs and restaurants, so that stops the flow of them to and from the bar.
“We are reducing the closing times to stop people staying later and drinking. And the point about all of this is that everyone has their part to play. If we all play by the rules, we can ensure that there are not further, more draconian restrictions.”
- 1 The greatest failure of government in our lifetime
- 2 The bigot we should have called out on day one
- 3 James O'Brien schools Brexiteer who refuses to accept new EU-UK trade rules
- 4 Matt Hancock praises free school meals before being reminded he voted against them
- 5 Nigel Farage launches new party in Scotland to promote 'positive case for the Union'
- 6 The polling that signals the plight of the Union
- 7 Keir Starmer got it right with vote on Brexit deal
- 8 Brexiteer MP ridiculed after calling for free movement of goods between GB and NI
- 9 Scottish fishing boats ditch UK waters for Denmark to escape Brexit red tape
- 10 PMQs Review: The one where the speaker finally snapped
On theatres not reopening, he said: “Against this backdrop of rapidly rising infections, much as I would like to contemplate further easements we can’t do it at this stage.
“We are working intensively with all of the arts sector and theatres to see how we can mitigate risks so that we can go down that path – but we have had to stall on that path, given where we are with the rapidly rising infections.”