All cafes, pubs, bars, restaurants and gyms must close from tonight, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered.
Clubs, theatres, cinemas and leisure centres should also close their doors as the UK battles to respond to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak. Takeaway food outlets will be able to remain open at this time.
The Prime Minister has urged people to stay at home, saying, “your sacrifice means we are putting the country in a better and stronger position and we will be able to save thousands of lives.”
Chancellor Rishi Sunak also announced a list of ‘unprecedented’ measures to help support employees and employers amid the virus outbreak.
The total number of people to have died in the UK after contracting the virus has risen to 177.