Coronavirus: Non-essential shops shut as PM orders lockdown

Boris Johnson lockdown

All shops selling non-essential goods have been told to shut as part of strict new measures enforced by the prime minister to combat coronavirus.

Boris Johnson said that retailers such as fashion and electricals chains, who do not sell essential products such as food and medicines, must close as the UK enters lockdown.

Businesses that will not be forced to close include grocery shops and market stalls, pharmacies, petrol stations, homeware stores, bicycle shops, pet shops, Post Office branches and restaurants and cafes, which can continue to operate takeaway services.

But any shopping trips should be made as infrequently as possible, Johnson said, as he urged people to use online alternatives where they can.

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