Saturday Coronavirus update

Saturday 21 March coronavirus update

The Government has issued an expanded list of venues which have been asked to close to try and limit the spread of Coronavirus.

The following businesses and venues have been asked to close: 

  • Food and drink venues for consumption on-site, such as restaurants and cafes.
  • Drinking establishments, including pubs, bars, nightclubs.
  • Entertainment venues, including cinemas, theatres, concert halls, and bingo halls.
  • Museums and galleries.
  • Spas and massage parlours.
  • Casinos and betting shops.
  • All indoor leisure and sports facilities, including gyms.

The measures will be reviewed on a monthly basis, and are being implemented across the whole of the UK. If needed, the government will enforce these measures by law.

This measure will not impact the relaxation of planning rules announced earlier this week which will allow pubs and restaurants to operate as hot food takeaways during the coronavirus outbreak, which will help to support people who are staying at home through this period.

This is a link to the updated guidance:

What else did we learn from latest UK Coronavirus briefing?

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary George Eustice has urged Britons to stop panic buying – saying there is more than enough food for everyone.

  • Mr Eustice urged people to be responsible when they shop but stopped short of saying rationing would be needed to keep shelves stocked
  • The British Retail Consortium’s Helen Dickinson said retailers would implement policies that would make the most difference to the vulnerable
  • NHS England’s Stephen Powis said shoppers should think of NHS staff before buying more than they need.

Keep checking back for more updates.

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