UK orders closure of cafes, pubs, others


Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson has ordered all cafes, pubs and bars to close as the government strengthens measures to tackle the spread of the coronavirus.

Johnson announced this during his daily news conference on Friday.

“We are telling cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants to close tonight as soon as they reasonably can and not reopen tomorrow,” the PM said adding that takeaways would be excluded from the new measures.

“We want you to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives,” Johnson said.

Places like nightclubs, cinemas and gyms will also follow suit. The measures on closures will be reviewed on a monthly basis.

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the government would step in to pay people’s wages, with grants that will cover 80% of the salaries of retained workers – up to £2,500 a month.

Scientists have advised that social measures will need to be in place for most of a year in order to control the spread of the virus, which has infected nearly 250,000 people worldwide.

More than 10,000 people have died around the world after contracting the virus.

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