The government can’t rule out a second lockdown if the latest coronavirus restrictions fail to curb infection rates, foreign secretary Dominic Raab has said.

Speaking to Sky News, Raab said that whilst it’s hoped that the new tighter measures will prove effective, the government has a “repository of measures in the arsenal to take,” which would be “more intrusive” and could involve a second national lockdown.

Responding to the suggestion that a 10pm curfew and other additional measures will have a severely detrimental impact on the hospitality industry, Raab defended the government’s decision, arguing it was better to be subject to limited opening hours than not be open at all.

“We’ve got schools open, we’ve got businesses open, we’ve got the hospitality sector open,” he said.

“Yes, people will bristle a little bit about these extra restrictions and the 10pm limits on bars and restaurants, but that’s in order for us to bank the gains we’ve made and move forward in a sure footed, safe and responsible way, and not end up in a second lockdown.”

Despite Public Health England’s latest figures finding that just 5% of coronavirus cases at the beginning of September were linked to pubs, restaurants and bars, Raab, who wasn’t aware of the data, said the government was confident, “based on the evidence we’ve got,” that the curfew was a measure “we need to make.”

“We’re looking at the whole range of evidence that we’ve got, including where there’s been upticks in the virus in the localised areas, how we got back control over the virus there, and also international experience, particularly on the continent where they’ve had this uptick before us,” he said.

“We know that in bars and restaurants, particularly after people have had a few drinks as you go into the later hours of the evening, that there’s a risk that the compliance with the guidance ebbs a little bit.”

With suggestions today that Chancellor Rishi Sunak could be looking at a new wage subsidy programme to replace the Jobs Retention Scheme, Raab said the Treasury was keeping every support package “under constant review. Not just economy wide but the specific sectors affected.”

However, he added that he doesn’t think Sunak is “minded to wholesale extend the furlough scheme,” and will look at targeted measures instead.

“We’ve done a great job at keeping those jobs and those businesses alive through the peak of the crisis and of course we want to keep as many of them as possible afloat,” he said.

“That’s at the forefront of the Chancellor’s considerations with the future budgets and spending review in mind.”