A scientist advising Boris Johnson has claimed he never heard the 10pm pub curfew plan discussed before it was announced.
The prime minister told people in England this week to work from home where possible and ordered restaurants and bars to close early from Thursday to tackle a fast-spreading second wave of coronavirus.
Some politicians have questioned whether those measures go far enough, however, with the first minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, telling households they also cannot mix indoors.
Professor Graham Medley, who sits on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) committee, has now said the group never talked about the impact the policy of closing hospitality services earlier would have on infection rates.
He said: “I never discussed it or heard it discussed.”
His colleague on Sage, Professor John Edmunds, also previously said the curfew was “fairly trivial” and would