Coronavirus: PM urges Brits to avoid pubs, clubs and theatres

Boris Johnson

The prime minister has urged people to avoid pubs, clubs, restaurants, theatres and other social environments as part of new measures to combat coronavirus.

Boris Johnson has warned that Brits should “avoid all unnecessary social contact”, “stop all unnecessary travel” and work from home if possible, under the government’s plans to slow the spread of the virus.

However, Johnson stopped short of mentioning shops specifically during his press conference, despite moves from a number of retailers across Europe to shutter their stores.

Over the weekend, Apple, Zara, Disney, Urban Outfitters and Patagonia all revealed they would be temporarily closing their shops in parts of Europe in response to the global pandemic.

Subscription content

Please sign in now if you have a subscription or are already registered with us.

Retail Week

Register for free to continue reading provides premium, in-depth intelligence that helps retailers judge risks, spot opportunities and identify what they need to do to win in the digital economy.

Register today for a taste of our high-quality intelligence and enjoy:

  • Two free article views per calendar month on
  • Detailed analysis of current trends and events 
  • Exclusive newsletters
  • In-depth reports, videos, interviews and much more

Discover Retail Week register now

Please note, if you have recently purchased a subscription, it may take a few minutes before your account is updated.