More towns and cities in England could face a Bolton-style 10pm curfew - with pubs forced to shut at 10pm.

According to reports today, it is understood the government is considering the drastic measure in specific local areas if there are further spikes in covid rates.

Bolton became the first town in England to have a curfew imposed after cases surged.

All hospitality venues were told to shut, with immediate effect, to people eating and drinking on site. This includes pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes.

They can stay open as takeaways - but only until 10pm. Between 10pm and 5am, all hospitality venues must close.

It is thought ministers will consider extending the policy to other towns if there are flare-ups.