The government is actively considering a full-scale lockdown of London, according to reports.
London is currently the most affected area by coronavirus in the UK. Around half of all confirmed UK cases are in London boroughs.
The mayor of London Sadiq Khan was invited to the government’s Cobra meeting on tackling coronavirus for the first time yesterday.
The mayor has already said TfL weekday services will switch to reduced levels, similar to those on weekends. However, the move has been criticised by some as it means more people crowding onto busy Tube platforms awaiting less frequent trains.
The prime minister Boris Johnson warned that London is weeks ahead of other areas in terms of the virus curve. On Monday, Johnson said:
“It’s important that Londoners now pay special attention to what we’re saying about non-essential contact and to take particularly seriously the advice about working from home and avoiding confined spaces such as pubs and restaurants.”
West End theatres heeded the advice to avoid mass gatherings by closing their doors on Monday night.