Mr Johnson told all UK restaurants, pubs, bars, gyms, clubs, leisure centres and theatres to close indefinitely “as soon as they reasonably can” during this afternoon’s coronavirus news conference.
“Your sacrifice [by social distancing] means we are putting the country in a better and stronger position and we will be able to save thousands of lives.”
The PM urged Brits to resist going out this evening, saying:
“For now, at least physically, we need to keep people apart.”
“The more effectively we follow the advice we are given, the faster this country will stage both a medical and an economic recovery in full.”
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak is urging businesses across the nation to look at government support before choosing to spontaneously lay off employees.
“Today I can announce that in the first time of our history, the government is going to step in and help pay people’s wages.
“We’re setting up a new coronavirus job retention scheme. Any employer in the country small or large, charitable or non-profit, will be eligible for the scheme.
“Government grants will cover 80% of the salary of retained workers up to a total of £2,500 a month – that’s just above the median income.”
More to follow.
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