Downing Street has said there is “zero prospect” of travel in and out of London being restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The prime minister’s spokesperson moved on Thursday to quash rumours of a stringent lockdown of the capital, although up to 40 Tube stations are already expected to close, but he did not rule out a new law being used to forcibly shut restaurants and bars.
French-style laws that see people fined for ignoring restrictions on travel or social gatherings were also deemed a possibility as government tries to stop the spread of the virus.
The spokesperson said: “There are no plans to close down the transport network in London and there is zero prospect of any restriction being placed on travelling in or out of London.
“It’s not happening.”