Sage warned that pubs curfew would only have ‘marginal impact’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus (COVID-19).
Prime minister Boris Johnson has been accused of ignoring the advice of his own government scientists. (PA)

The government’s own scientific advisers warned that its 10pm curfew on pubs, bars and restaurants would only have a “marginal impact” on the spread of coronavirus.

Documents published on Monday from the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) show that experts dismissed the idea of a curfew exactly a week before one was implemented across England.

In a document from 17 September, seven days before the 10pm curfew came into force, Sage wrote: “Curfews likely to have a marginal impact. Low confidence.”

The document was published on Monday just hours after prime minister Boris Johnson announced details of a new three-tier lockdown system in England.

Watch: Boris Johnson announces three-tier lockdown

The 10pm curfew has been criticised by scientists, as well as politicians in the north of England, who have doubted its

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Knox County Board of Health votes to continue bar curfew to Oct. 15

The Knox County Board of Health met Wednesday after the Knox County Commission passed a resolution recommending limiting their power.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Knox County Board of Health met on Wednesday to discuss their response to the spread of COVID-19 after officials reported a total of 10,255 cases in Knox County.

They discussed the county’s bar curfew, which requires all establishments offering on-premise consumption of alcoholic beverages or beer to close by 11 p.m.

Patrick O’Brien said that the curfew was originally supposed to last 28 days. So, he proposed a vote to extend it another 14 days to fulfill the original expectation of the order. He said that he hoped to be able to allow the curfew to expire at that time.

Members voted to continue the curfew, 7 – 1. Dianna Drake voted against the continuation.

Charity Menefee, who stood in for Martha Buchanan from the Knox

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Brussels imposes curfew on bars as coronavirus cases soar


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Brussels Imposes Curfew on Bars as Coronavirus Cases Soar | Business News

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN, Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) — Facing a surge of new coronavirus cases far higher than in other parts of Belgium, Brussels authorities are closing bars early in the EU institutions capital city.

Beginning Monday night, all bars and cafes have to close between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. while any other businesses selling drinks or food will shut down at 10 p.m. In addition, eating at street markets is now forbidden.

Local media said authorities thought about starting the bar curfew at 10 p.m. but the proposal was rejected to support virus-ravaged businesses. According to the Belgian cafes federation, half of the country’s 12,000 bars may not survive the coronavirus crisis.

Since the start of the pandemic, more than 114,000 coronavirus infections have been recorded in hard-hit Belgium — a country of 11.5-million residents — including 9,980 deaths. From Sept. 17-23, 11,934 new infections were diagnosed, with

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Boris Johnson ‘never discussed 10pm pub curfew with science advisers’

Pubs have to close at 10pm (Picture: Getty)
Pubs have to close at 10pm (Picture: Getty)

A scientist advising Boris Johnson has claimed he never heard the 10pm pub curfew plan discussed before it was announced. 

The prime minister told people in England this week to work from home where possible and ordered restaurants and bars to close early from Thursday to tackle a fast-spreading second wave of coronavirus.

Some politicians have questioned whether those measures go far enough, however, with the first minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, telling households they also cannot mix indoors. 

Professor Graham Medley, who sits on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) committee, has now said the group never talked about the impact the policy of closing hospitality services earlier would have on infection rates.

He said: “I never discussed it or heard it discussed.”

His colleague on Sage, Professor John Edmunds, also previously said the curfew was “fairly trivial” and would

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Knoxville Police: No citations issued on first night of 11 p.m. alcohol curfew

A spokesperson for KPD said officers did not observe any violations among the establishments in the area of campus, downtown and the Old City that they visited.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — On July 3, the Knox County Board of Health’s order requiring masks in most indoor public spaces went into effect. 

About a month later, on August 5, the Board of Health passed a regulation ordering all bars to close by 10 p.m. 

Neither the Knox County Sheriff’s Department nor the Knoxville Police Department had issued a single citation, spokespersons confirmed to 10News on Sept. 16.

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“We are still trying to find a good definition of a bar,” Knoxville Police Chief Eve Thomas told the Board of Health. “If we can a clearer definition, clearer definition, that would help tremendously.”

That’s what the Knox County Board

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