July 17, 2020 / 10:23 AM / a month ago

Britain's local councils given more powers to impose lockdowns - PM Johnson

LONDON, July 17 (Reuters) - Britain’s local authorities will have more powers to impose local coronavirus lockdowns from Saturday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

He said councils will be able to close specific premises, shut public outdoor spaces and cancel events.

“These powers will enable local authorities to act more quickly in response to outbreaks where speed is paramount,” Johnson said at a Downing Street press conference. (Reporting by James Davey)

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