The 10pm curfew is not a universally popular restriction and many hospitality venues across the country say it is damaging their businesses.
Some pubs and restaurants have reported they have seen a 60% fall in takings since the restriction was put in place.
The latest Public Health England (PHE) data revealed just 3% of England’s outbreaks had been transmitted within the hospitality sector.
With the MPs voting on the future of the 10pm curfew next week, will the restriction be scrapped and what is the Cancel the Curfew campaign about?
What is the Cancel the Curfew campaign about?
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Cancel the Curfew is a national campaign set up by hospitality businesses calling for a review of the 10pm curfew.
Organisers said the curfew is putting them in a worse situation than when they were completely shut, with hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk and venues losing as much as 40 hours of trade a week.
Founder of Hospitality Gin and hospitality consultant, Tom Lord, said: ‘We have borne the brunt of the measures announced over the past fortnight.
‘We are vilified as breeding grounds for the virus, yet Public Health England’s own figures show this is not true.
‘We want the British public to know the impact that the curfew is going to have, not just on our businesses, but on our friends and colleagues.’
Organisers are encouraging business owners and hospitality workers to take part in a silent protest on Saturday and a so-called social media ‘thunderclap’ by using the #CancelTheCurfew hashtag.
However, Health Secretary Matt Hancock still stands by the curfew.
Last week, Mr Hancock warned at House of Commons that ‘hundreds of thousands’ of Britons could die from Covid-19, if ministers ease all the ‘perfectly reasonable’ restrictions and let the vicious disease ‘rip’ through the country once again.
He added: ‘I just think the hundreds of thousands of deaths that would follow is not a price that anyone should pay.’
Could the 10pm curfew be scrapped?
The 10pm curfew is one of the topics that will be voted in on Parliament over the next week.
Last week, the government agreed a deal with Tory MPs, promising any new England or UK-wide restrictions would be put to a vote in advance.
This came after nearly 100 Conservatives had threatened rebellion on the renewal of the Coronavirus Act.
Tonight, MPs will be voting on the ‘rule of six’, which is not expected to be changed.
If the Government loses the curfew vote, then the legislation ordering pubs and restaurants to close at 10pm would expire.
Wycombe and Buckinghamshire Tory MP Steve Baker, a key Tory rebel, said: ‘Consensus among Conservative MPs seems to be around two points – that children should be excluded from the rule of six and that the 10pm curfew is not justified by evidence.
‘I wouldn’t expect to win a vote on either issue. The reality is we need to persuade the Government on all these matters.’
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