23 September 2020 22:31
Chauffeur-driven cars will be exempt from new coronavirus rules forcing taxi passengers to wear face masks, a Downing Street spokesman has revealed. But No 10 said the measure, to come into force on Thursday, would not include passengers in chauffeur-driven cars, though the driver's employer would have to ensure they could work safely. The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: 'The employer of the chauffeur will have to make sure that their employees can work in a Covid-secure way.' No 10 said rules asking passengers in licenses taxis to wear face coverings would not include passengers in chauffeur-driven cars, though the driver's employer would have to ensure they could work safely (file image) But pressed if chauffeurs are covered by the new law, the spokesman said: 'The important point to make is the driver of a licensed vehicle will be picking up a wide variety of customers throughout the day but it's important to protect the driver from being infected from a significant number of different people. Downing Street said a new law demanding people order and eat while seated at a table only applied to bars, pubs and restaurants licensed to serve alcohol. Mr Raab made his comments this morning after Boris Johnson announced last night a 'table-service only' policy to reduce the chance of people coming into close contact with others in queues.
Asked on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on whether customers could queue for food and then sit down, Mr Raab said: 'My understanding is that you need to be able to order from the tables.' But this afternoon the Prime Minister's official spokesman said the rules on table service applied to 'licensed premises' 'You have to sit down in order to eat it in order for that to follow the rules, but yes, the rules on table service apply to licensed premises (only).' She said: 'Our understanding is that quick-service restaurants will be exempt from the new rules, but there is certainly a degree of confusion. The 26-year-old arrives with ten major honours to his name and three seasons at the Nou Camp, where he's impressed in La Liga and the Champions League. Semedo, who has played 13 times for his country alongside a number of his new Wolves teammates, now becomes an immediate option to Nuno Espirito Santo on the right-hand side. Having started his journey with Sintrense in the Portuguese third tier, Semedo's big break came in 2012 when Benfica acquired his services and began developing an attacking, exciting full-back. Having won two Portuguese league titles and three national cups, Semedo lured in Spanish giants Barcelona in 2017 and he repaid their faith during 124 appearances.
His signing boosts Wolves' options at right-back following the departure of Matt Doherty to Tottenham earlier in the summer transfer window. He said: "It's isn't often that we have the opportunity to sign a world-class player from a world-class club. The move will see Semedo link up with a number of international team-mates including Rui Patricio, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho. Semedo told the club's website, www.wolves.co.uk: "I talked with some of them and they told me very good things about the club, about the team. "I chose Wolves because it's a very good team that plays very good football.
"The environment at Wolves is going to be a big positive for him," one source told BirminghamLive as the deal to bring Semedo to the Midlands entered the final stages. "With Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves, Rui Patricio, people supporting him a lot, his family and friends from the national team, it will be very easy for him." He will become the ninth Portuguese player in Wolves' first team squad and while Nuno Espirito Santo stresses that English is the primary language at Compton Park, Semedo's native tongue is a close second. Semedo's every move was scrutinised at Barcelona, whereas at Wolves he becomes part of a closed community where very little noise gets in, and even less gets out. According to Helder Cristovao, who coached Semedo for three years at Benfica, Wolves is the ideal place for him to resurrect his career. "Wolves, for many people, is a step behind, but I think for Semedo it's going to be very, very good," Cristovao said in an exclusive interview with BirminghamLive. "He is going to find a Portuguese family and people who will care about him a lot. "With Nuno, and the amazing work he's done with Wolves, I think Semedo is going to grow up much more than in Barcelona." When he joined Benfica in 2012, Semedo - also known as Nelsinho (little Nelson) - was an attack-minded player who despised his defensive duties. He played with Portuguese minnows Sintrense until he was 19 and impressed Benfica's scouts as a right winger. But that all changed when Cristovao decided to transform Semedo into a right-back in 2014. Delivered straight into your email inbox each day, the bulletins will feature the latest Wolves news, views, gossip and opinion. While his defensive game has improved immeasurably since those early days at Benfica, Semedo is still far more effective going forward. Nuno has already recognised this and believes Semedo's game can move up another level playing at right wing-back. Wolves play 3-4-3 and 3-5-2 sometimes, that's going to help him a lot. I see some games where Semedo is very shy because of the pressure to play in Barcelona all the time and to give good performances. Semedo, 26, has joined Wolves from Barcelona in a deal which could rise to $47 million if certain add ons are met (top four, being successful in Europe etc.). Semedo is happy to have a fresh start and adds to the extremely strong Portuguese contingent at Wolves. If he can replicate his form at Benfica, then Wolves have got themselves one of the best right backs in Europe. "I chose Wolves because it's a very good team that plays very good football," Semedo said. "Last year they did a very good season and it's a very important team in England, in also Europe. This summer Portuguese coach Nuno Espirito Santo has brought in new Portuguese Vitinha (on loan), Semedo and Fabio Silva to strengthen his central midfield, right back and forward options. Semedo will be better suited to being a right wing-back in Wolves' 3-5-2 system and he is the replacement for Matt Doherty who joined Tottenham this summer. Semedo is very good going forward but isn't a right back in the sense that he doesn't excel defensively. Hence a huge number of his best clients arriving to play for his first-ever client, Nuno. This influence is having a huge impact on the players that Wolves can attract and despite Semedo's shaky displays in a Barcelona side in disarray, overall this should be a very good signing for them.