Coronavirus: UK on lockdown with mass gatherings and sports games to be banned

Sports matches, music concerts and conferences all face the axe as the Government clamps down on mass gatherings in a bid to tackle the UK’s coronavirus outbreak.

Mass gatherings will be banned across Britain in a bid to ease the impact of coronavirus.

Sports fixtures, music concerts and business conferences all face the axe amid mounting efforts to tackle Covid-19.

The Government believes the move, which is set to come into force next weekend, will help free-up emergency services rather than curb the spread of the disease, a Whitehall source said.

Ministers have faced criticism for failing to act earlier, but Boris Johnson has repeatedly insisted he is following experts’ advice.

Earlier this week, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced gatherings of more than 500 people would be banned as the virus took hold.

A Whitehall source declined to say how many people meant a “mass gathering”, but said tonight: “Ministers are working with the Chief Scientific Adviser and Chief Medical Officer on our plan to stop various types of public event, including mass gatherings, beginning next week.

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