Boris Johnson “overruled” Sadiq Khan on construction workers in crucial coronavirus meeting

Sadiq Khan has claimed that Boris Johnson “overruled” him in yesterday’s COBRA meeting – when key figures decided on the scope of the government’s coronavirus lockdown.

Speaking to James O’Brien on LBC this morning, Khan claims that he made the case for construction workers to be instructed to stay at home.


However, the London Mayor claims that he was overruled by Johnson, who said they should be kept on site if necessary.

Ava-Santina, producer of O’Brien’s show, tweeted:

Johnson last night imposed stringent rules to stop the spread of coronavirus – banning gatherings of more than two people.

However, there has been confusion about whether construction staff can still go to work.

Trying to clarify the situation this morning, Michael Gove said construction workers should still be going to work while staying two metres apart and tradespeople, such as plumbers and electricians, could attend emergencies.

How exactly construction workers are supposed to stay two metres apart at all times, we have no idea.

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