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Sadiq Khan has warned Londoners will have to face a bleak “new normal”.

The London Mayor admitted that bars, restaurants and social spaces in the capital could remain closed for the foreseeable future, even if lockdown restrictions are eased.

The mayor added that people living in the city will only be able to have limited interactions with their loved ones, with larger gatherings still banned, and that life would not go back to how it was.

In a bleak column in the Evening Standard, Mr Khan wrote that people using London’s transport system will likely have to wear masks, while start times for schools and workplaces will have to be staggered to limit overcrowding and congestion.

He also said that while non-essential shops will probably soon be allowed to open, they will have to adhere to strict social distancing guidelines, while people currently working from home will have to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

However, in a more positive observation, he noted that the coronavirus crisis could encourage more Londoners to walk or cycle.

The mayor’s comments come as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that Britain was passed the peak of the virus, though he warned that the country must “keep going” with lockdown.

In his first appearance since his own intensive care battle with coronavirus, he revealed that he would be releasing a lockdown exit strategy next week.

Earlier today, militant union bosses doubled-down threats to hold London to ransom by vowing to scupper efforts to get the transport network back up and running before lockdown is lifted.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash responded to a leaked report that said London’s Tubes, buses and trains would be “rapidly overwhelmed” by social distancing measures, and TfL needs four weeks to prepare for lockdown easing.…Read More…

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