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Prime Minister orders pubs, bars and restaurants to close

Boris Johnson announced that all pubs, bars, restaurants and many other public-facing businesses are to close from tonight.

The Prime Minister ordered all of those businesses including gyms, leisure centres, theatres and nightclubs to close their doors from the end of business today.

The move comes as a strengthening of measures already introduced try and tackle the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Prime Minister said: "“Following agreement with all the … devolved administrations, we are collectively telling cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants to close tonight as soon as they reasonably can and not to open tomorrow."

The Chancellor also announced the government will step in to pay people's wages working for private companies.

Mr Johnson added: "The speed of our eventual recovery depends entirely on our collective ability to get on top of the virus now and that means we have to take the next steps on scientific advice,” he told the daily Covid-19 press conference.

“And following our plan we are strengthening the measures announced on Monday.

“We need now to push down further on that curve of transmission between us.

“Though, to be clear, they can continue to provide take out services

“We’re also telling nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres to close on the same timescale.”

Addressing the daily Covid-19 press conference, the Prime Minister reminded the public they are "not invincible" and asked individuals to resist the temptation "to go out tonight"

The affected services and venues have been told not reopen tomorrow, but will be allowed to provide takeaway services.

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