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Cinemas close their screens in UK amid new government advice on COVID-19

Cinemas close their screens in UK amid new government advice on COVID-19

More venues are closing in the UK after Boris Johnson advised Britons to avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other social venues.

On Tuesday, cinema chains Odeon, Cineworld and Picturehouse all closed their UK screens. Some other cinemas remain open at this time.

In a statement, Odeon, which has more than 120 cinemas in the UK and Ireland, said;

"In line with the latest government guidance on Covid-19, we are temporarily closing our cinemas."

"We will continue to monitor the situation and look forward to welcoming back guests as soon possible."

Mr Johnson has been heavily criticised by social venues for advising people to stay at home while not forcing venues to close, which could have given them financial protection. 

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