London mayor Sadiq Khan has called on the Prime Minister to consider closing secondary schools early and for a longer period over Christmas, amid expectations that London will be bumped up to Tier 3 restrictions this week.
The Labour mayor has written to Boris Johnson with London Councils chair Georgia Gould to express concern over the rise in coronavirus cases in the capital and the need for extra support for workers and businesses.
Khan has demanded that the government urgently put in place priority testing for schools, a compensation scheme before further restrictions come in, and workers to receive “full pay and not just statutory sick pay” to enable self-isolation.
He and Gould, leader of Camden Council, have also suggested to the Prime Minister that face coverings should be “made mandatory in all busy outdoor spaces”, as there is high footfall on high streets due to Christmas shopping.
Khan said: “The surge in coronavirus cases across our capital is deeply concerning. I am calling on the government to urgently provide additional support to get the spread under control, save lives and livelihoods and ensure our NHS is not overwhelmed this winter.