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Jose Mouriho

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho says he "accepts actions were not in line with government protocol" after being pictured flouting coronavirus social-distancing guidelines.

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Severe disruption: A300 London northbound

BBC News Travel

A300 London northbound severe disruption, from A3200 Southwark Street to A3211 Upper Thames Street.

A300 London - A300 Southwark Bridge in Southwark closed northbound from the A3200 Southwark Street junction to the A3211 Upper Thames Street junction, because of emergency services incident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

More Tube passengers should stay home - mayor

The Mayor of London has just issued this statement thanking Tube and bus staff for their work in helping commuters get around the capital safely amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But he is also calling on the government to act to stop non-safety construction employees from continuing to work to help get more passenger numbers down.

Sadiq Khan

I’d like to thank all Londoners who have followed the rules today and stayed at home. TfL’s early-morning data suggests that Tube travel is down by an additional third compared to yesterday and bus travel down by an additional 20%. Tube ridership was already 88% down yesterday compared to the same day last year and bus ridership 76% down. However, we still need more Londoners to do the right thing and stay at home. Nearly a third of TfL’s staff are now off sick or self-isolating – including train drivers and crucial control centre staff. Many of them have years of safety-critical training in order to run specific lines – so it is simply not possible to replace them with others. TfL will do everything possible to continue safely running a basic service for key workers including our amazing NHS staff, but if the number of TfL staff off sick or self-isolating continues to rise – as we sadly expect it will – we will have no choice but to reduce services further... We have worked with national rail services to ensure some trains do not stop at the busiest London Underground interchanges at peak times. The reduction in services by national rail services on Monday meant that there was increased overcrowding for short periods of times as passengers arrived on fewer trains. TfL have also emailed 4.5 million passengers telling them not to use public transport unless absolutely necessary... It remains the case that too many of the people using TfL services at the busiest times work in construction. I repeat my call on the Government to ban non-safety construction work during this period, as TfL did yesterday. We also urgently need more financial support for the self-employed, freelancers and those in insecure work. In the absence of Government action, we are working with the Construction Leadership Council to try and spread the start times of work on the biggest sites in London. Finally, I would like to give my immense personal gratitude to every single member of TfL staff. You are doing our country a great service at this time of national emergency by ensuring our NHS staff and other key workers are able to get to work and save lives. Thank you.

Sadiq KhanLondon Mayor

London parks close to quell crowds

Thomas Mackintosh

BBC London News

Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest are among several parks and green spaces to be closed by the City of London Corporation.

The City Corporation protects 11,000 acres of green space in the capital including Ashtead Common, Queen's Park and West Ham Park, and more than 200 smaller sites in the Square Mile.

Following the new government advice, the corporation is closing services across its parks, including visitor centres, children’s playgrounds, swimming and catering facilities and toilets to try to limit the spread of coronavirus.

It says police will have powers to enforce the rules, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

It follows Prime Minister Boris Johnson's address to the nation on Monday night where he introduced stricter curbs on life across the UK.

Coronavirus: Which businesses must close?

Following the prime ministers announcement last night of the closure of a range of business and services in a big to halt the spread of the coronavirus, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has issued more detail.

The latest guidance goes into great detail the types of businesses, premises and organisations to be affected.

You can read the guidance here.

London independent supermarket 'overwhelmed with overcrowding'

Jennifer Meierhans

BBC News Online


Big name supermarkets are cracking down on stock-pilers and saving delivery slots for older people during the coronavirus pandemic.

Independent supermarkets are similarly overwhelmed by unprecedented demand for essentials but have tried to help communities in other ways.

Panic-buyers had stripped shelves of toilet roll, pasta, hand sanitiser and paracetamol well before Boris Johnson announced the UK should stay home to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Pan Iacovou, the manager of Athenian Grocery in Bayswater, London, said overcrowding had been a problem at the shop.

He said he had been forced to operate a system in which he let in small groups of people, shut the doors, then let another group of queuing customers in once they had left.

Mr Iacovou said he had noticed an increase in non-Greek and younger customers and that he had shut down the shop's website as he was unable to make up the orders.

The grocers had been able to keep supplies and shelves stocked up because the owner also owned a wholesalers, but his boss was concerned as the lockdown in Greece meant there could be a delay in deliveries, he added.

Severe disruption: A1213 London both ways

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A1213 London both ways severe disruption, from A1211 Camomile Street to Fenchurch Street.

A1213 London - A1213 Gracechurch Street and A10 Bishopsgate in City of London closed in both directions from the A1211 Camomile Street junction to the Fenchurch Street junction, because of emergency repairs.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A4 London eastbound

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A4 London eastbound severe disruption, from A4200 Kingsway to Royal Courts of Justice.

A4 London - A4 Strand in Holborn closed and queues eastbound from the A4200 Kingsway junction to the Royal Courts of Justice junction, because of a police investigation.

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Singapore on Thames would be 'cutting off our nose to spite our face'

Today Programme

BBC Radio 4

Huw Van Steenis

Huw Van Steenis, a managing director and adviser to the CEO of UBS, told the Today Programme that while domestic businesses might be able to diverge from the European rule book after Brexit, London's more global businesses needed to stick to the rules in order to keep business open.

A debate in the City has centred on whether the banks, insurance companies and finance firms, which represent 11% of the country's tax revenues, should have to take orders from Europe on financial regulations - or whether this industry might become a 'Singapore on Thames' and pick and chose its own rules.

"Most people fundamentally mis-understand what Singapore means. They have really tough rules they learned hard from the 1990s Asian crisis. For me the lesson of Singapore is that they are trying to make the system a lot less bureaucratic and much more digital and that's one thing we should embrace," said Mr Van Steenis.

One way that the UK might manage it future relationship with Europe, Mr Van Steenis suggests, is to take control of the rules for its more domestic businesses, like insurance but adhere to European standards in more global businesses.

"For asset management which is a global industry: the European rules are actually used in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong. So, we'd be cutting off our nose to spite our face if we withdraw from rules which give us access to the rest of Asia," he said.

Deputy Governor warns over City Brexit deal

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Britain is right to push for a permanent access deal for the City in Brexit talks, Sam Woods, deputy governor of the Bank of England and chief executive of the Prudential Regulation Authority, told a House of Lords committee today.

He said the UK "should be concerned" about Europe's power to scrap so-called equivalence status.

It comes after Chancellor Sajid Javid revealed plans earlier this week to demand a "permanent equivalence" in EU negotiations, calling for a long-lasting agreement on market access to financial firms from non-EU member states.

However, the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has already poured cold water on UK aims for a long-lasting equivalence deal, telling MEPs in Strasbourg on Tuesday that Britons should "not kid themselves".