UK government ‘quietly’ extends local authorities’ lockdown powers in England until July 17 – media | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

UK government ‘quietly’ extends local authorities’ lockdown powers in England until July 17 – media

The British government has extended the lockdown powers of local officials in England until mid-July, the Telegraph has reported. A Tory MP told the paper the change was “little noticed” at the time.

The regulation that allows local authorities to close pubs, restaurants, shops, and public spaces was due to expire last week, but it was extended earlier this month until July 17, according to a report in the Telegraph.

A Department of Health source told the paper that MPs had voted for the extension. “As we are currently in a national lockdown it was necessary to renew the regulations,” the source said, which means that the rules have been “automatically extended for another six months.”

The source added: "However, these measures are still subject to the statutory review point.”

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