More businesses to close to combat the coronavirus outbreak in the UK. For this purpose, the government asked businesses providing entertainment and hospitality services to closed temporarily.
This government’s announcement is aimed to implement further measures on social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In other words, to discourage people to gather at public places for socialising. To stay at home instead. You can always use facetime or video calls if you miss your family or friends and want to see their faces while they talk to you.
This announcement applies to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Basically, across the UK.
Businesses to close from 20 March 2020
The following businesses must close from the end of the trading hours of 20 March 2020. The government will review this measure monthly.
- Concert halls
- Bingo halls
- Museums and galleries
- Spas and massage parlours
- Casinos and betting shops
- Leisure and sports facilities
Further businesses are added to the closures list from 23 March 2020.
However, restaurants and pubs are allowed to operate as hot food takeaways during the coronavirus outbreak. For example, you are no longer able to eat in in McDonald’s but you can order takeaways.
Businesses remain open
Supermarkets, gas stations that supply fuel, pharmacies and other essential goods shops will stay open to the public. So it is still possible to go out to your groceries at your local shops or online.
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