July 17, 2020 / 10:29 AM / 20 days ago

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

A man wears a protective face mask, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Britain July 16, 2020. REUTERS/Carl Recine

LONDON (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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