All pubs, bars and hospitality venues will be forced to close at 10pm across the UK from Thursday to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
In a fresh blow to the struggling high street, prime minister Boris Johnson is reportedly set to announce fresh, UK-wide restrictions and curfews for hospitality businesses from later this week. Such businesses will also be told to only offer table service to limit interactions.
Johnson is also set to encourage those who can work from home to continue working from home, according to the BBC.
That will come as a fresh blow to city centre and travel hub retailers as well as food-to-go specialists such as Pret a Manger and Costa Coffee, and comes just a month after the government began encouraging people back into offices.
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