Boris Johnson has warned the Government may "go further" and impose more lockdown restrictions if new rules aren't followed.
The Prime Minister addressed the nation in a live television appearance from Downing Street this evening after announcing a raft of more intense coronavirus rules across the UK.
They include a 10pm curfew on bars, greater fines on rule-breakers and encouraging people to work from home.
"I am deeply, spiritually reluctant to make any of these impositions, or infringe anyone's freedom, but unless we take action the risk is that we will have to go for tougher measures later, when the deaths have already mounted and we have a huge caseload of infection such as we had in the spring," Mr Johnson said.
"But if people don't follow the rules we have set out, then we must reserve the right to go further. We must take action now because a stitch in time saves nine."
He also said too many people breaching coronavirus measures are to blame for the latest restrictions.
The new curfew rule mean that all pubs, cafes and restaurants will only be allowed to operate until 10pm. In addition, these businesses will only be allowed to offer table service – except for takeaways.
The restrictions take effect on Thursday.
The government’s Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance warned on Monday that if the current trend continues, England could face around 50,000 new cases of coronavirus every day by mid-October.
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