Boris Johnson shuts down all pubs, restaurants in United Kingdom coronavirus fight

Boris Johnson shuts down all pubs, restaurants in United Kingdom coronavirus fight

Boris Johnson shuts down all pubs, restaurants in United Kingdom coronavirus fight

"We're also telling nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centers to close on the same timescale". For cafes, bars and restaurants, they can continue to provide takeout services.

Hancock said that people should still be able to go shopping for essentials, saying the measures would be used in extreme circumstances, where people are obviously disregarding the government's advice.

The Prime Minister had stopped short of telling them to close before now, instead advising people to stay away and not socialise as normal.

"Together we can make that difference".

Mr Johnson said the measures were meant to be temporary, with the length of the closures set to depend on how well the United Kingdom slowed down the spread of COVID-19.

"I know how hard this is and how it seems to go against the freedom-loving instincts of the British people".

Johnson said the measure would be reviewed each month, and the government will pay 80% of wages for employees or up to the equivalent of $2,900 per month.

Although Mr Johnson said he is aware some in the capital are not following government advice, he said a rumoured "lockdown" on London would not be introduced at this time - but added tougher measures may be introduced across the country should the situation worsen.

Sunak added that the government will step in to pay 80% of all workers' wages in the United Kingdom, and make a grant of up to £2,500 per month.

If you're eligible, it will cover your wages backdated to March 1 and will be open initially for three months.

The government is also asking people to talk to their GP or dentist to discuss whether to go in for medical appointments, or postpone them. Whether that happens remains to be seen.

For those who still found themselves out of work, he said he was increasing the Universal Credit standard allowance for the next 12 months by £1,000 a year, and raising the working tax credit basic element by the same amount.

He said the welfare payments' "generosity" would be increased to allow the local housing allowance to cover at least 30% of market rents.

With work drying up, particularly for those who are service workers, freelance, or part of the gig economy, knowing how the hell to pay your rent is now terrifying.

The Prime Minister's were made only hours after it was announced the first person in Kent has died of Covid-19 just hundreds of schools across Kent were closed "until further notice".

He said the decision had been "a huge wrench" and acknowledged that it would be "heartbreaking" for businesses.

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