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Pubs curfew should be brought forward to 6pm not 10pm says Jonathan Van-Tam

England's deputy chief medical officer has called for the nation's 10pm pub curfew to be brought forward to 6pm in an effort to reduce the increasing rates of transmission, according to reports.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam admitted there was little evidence supporting the benefits of a 10pm curfew and said he would prefer a closing time of 6pm instead as he spoke to Greater Manchester MPs during a virtual meeting regarding the city's refusal to enter Tier 3 restrictions.

When asked if the 10pm curfew reduced the rates of coronavirus transmission, the professor said: 'Not really. I'd prefer 6pm, or even earlier.'     However the Government advisor also admitted there was no evidence that shutting pubs down completely under a Tier 3 lockdown would control the virus, according to The Daily Telegraph.

England's deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam called for the nation's 10pm pub curfew to be brought forward to 6pm

His comments come as scores of revellers today braved the winter chill as they enjoyed a night out in the capital's expanded beer gardens- just a day after London entered Tier Two lockdown.    

   Pub-goers swapped a night in at home to sit outside the numerous bars in central London's Soho and get round curbs putting a stop to multiple households sitting inside pubs and restaurants.   

Undeterred by the recent lockdown restrictions, crowds of revellers appeared in high spirits as they sat outside in large groups without face masks and dined al fresco. 

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