UK Pubs & Restaurants Told To Shut Down Due To The virus

Cafes, pubs and restaurants must close from Friday night, except for take-away food, to tackle coronavirus, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.

All the UK’s nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres have also been asked to close “as soon as they reasonably can”.

Mr Johnson said the situation will be reviewed each month.

The chancellor Rishi Sunak has said the government will pay 80% of wages for employees who are not working, up to £2,500 a month.

The announcement about closures follows similar measures taken in other countries – including in Ireland, where pubs and bars were asked to close from last Sunday. {BBC}