LONDON is facing a lockdown, with severe restrictions to travel and transport, in a bid to halt the coronavirus outbreak.
The city’s transport network could be shut – or severely restricted – with all non-essential businesses ordered to work from home. Legislation in the Emergency Coronavirus Bill, put before Parliament this week, would give the Government emergency powers to “close premises” and “restrict or prohibit events and gatherings”, including restricting transport networks. Citing sources close to the Mayor of London, the Daily Telegraph said plans were in place to shut down the city in the next few days.
A source close to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan told the Daily Telegraph: “We expect a shutdown of London but nobody in central Government is saying when that will be or what form it will take.
“The Prime Minister is saying we need to go faster and further and there is a spike of cases in London which is running ahead of the country but what that actually means the mayor’s office doesn’t yet know because Downing Street hasn’t said.”