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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:
“As the Prime Minister outlined today, we are at a perilous moment in the fight against this virus. Given the recent surge in cases and the Government’s failure to set up an adequate testing or contact tracing system we have no choice but to implement further measures to slow the spread of the virus. I firmly believe that acting early, rather than having to impose more stringent measures later, is the right thing to do both for public health and the economy.
“Throughout this pandemic I have urged Ministers to go further in encouraging the use of face coverings, so I am pleased they will be now be made compulsory in more public settings. It is also right that Londoners who can work from home do so.
“With the further restrictions on the opening hours of pubs, bars, restaurants and other venues, the need for extra financial support for these businesses has never been more urgent. It is essential that the Government now come forward within days with a targeted package of financial support for the retail, hospitality and cultural sectors who will be hit hardest by further restrictions, alongside an immediate targeted extension of the furlough scheme.
“I had a constructive telephone call with the Prime Minister this morning making clear that London has unique needs and challenges, and additional measures now need to be examined to protect both lives and livelihoods across the capital.
“Londoners have made monumental sacrifices during this pandemic and as I have further meetings with ministers and council leaders in the coming days I will continue to keep Londoners informed about the extra measures that may need to be implemented in the capital.”