Johnson moots deployment of military to contain coronavirus second wave
Iran Press TV
Tuesday, 22 September 2020 3:58 PM
As widely expected, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has introduced new coronavirus-related restrictions for England which could potentially last six months.
Warning of a â€śperilous turning pointâ€ť, the PM stopped short of declaring a new national lockdown, but he claimed â€śsignificantly greater restrictionsâ€ť could ensue if the situation worsens.
Johnson claimed â€śsimilar stepsâ€ť will be taken across the UK following his COBRA meeting with the leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on Tuesday morning (September 22).
Addressing the House of Commons, the PM made the following statement: â€śWe always knew that while we might have driven the virus into retreat, the prospect of a second wave was real. I'm sorry to say that, as in Spain and France and many other countries, we've reached a perilous turning point".
Crucially, Johnson said local authorities and the police could draw on â€śmilitaryâ€ť support to enforce the new regulations.
Although the PM did not specify what role (if any) the military could perform, nevertheless the potential militarization of the coronavirus crisis is expected to draw concern across the political establishment and wider society.
As part of the new regulations shop staff are obliged to wear face masks and family events â€“ such as weddings â€“ will be limited to a maximum of 15 people.
Additionally, as of Thursday (September 24) all pubs, bars and restaurants will be restricted to table service only and they have to close by 22:00.
Any breach of these regulations will immediately attract a ÂŁ200 fine, as long as it is a first offense. Repeat offenders will face heavier penalties.
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