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UK to close pubs, restaurants early as part of coronavirus measures

Shares in pub and restaurant operators slumped on Monday after Health Minister Matt Hancock said the hospitality sector could face greater restrictions.
25.09.2020 - 12:31

Pubs in England will have to close at 10pm local time to tackle rising coronavirus infections, and bars and restaurants could be shut completely in hard-hit areas.

Workplaces started to warn their customers before the new closing time, and employees started to collect tables and chairs outside.


Earlier Tuesday (22 September) in parliament, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a raft of new coronavirus restrictions. New measures that included employees working from home where possible.

All pubs, bars and restaurants operating table service only and closing at 10 p.m. (2100GMT); face masks being extended to staff in retail, taxis and hospitality; limiting numbers at weddings to 15 and funerals to 30, and the cancelation of the partial reopening of sports stadiums that was scheduled for Oct. 1

England’s chief medical officer and chief scientific officer warned in a coronavirus briefing Monday that unless action was taken the country could see 50,000 cases a day by mid-October, and over 200 deaths per day by mid-November. The highest number of deaths are seen in Europe with 41 thousand 902 in the UK.