Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged cafes, pubs and restaurants across the country to close on Friday evening and to remain closed indefinitely to slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
"We urge cafes, bars, and restaurants to close tonight as soon as reasonably possible and not to open tomorrow," Johnson told Downing Street reporters. "To be clear, they can continue to offer take-out services.
"Some people could be tempted to go out tonight, of course, and I tell these people & # 39; please don't & # 39;" said Johnson.
He said the government needed to shut down cafes, pubs, restaurants, gyms, and leisure centers to slow the spread of the virus.
"We are also asking nightclubs, theaters, cinemas, gyms, and leisure centers to close on the same time scale," said Johnson. "The sad thing is today, at least physically we have to keep people apart for the time being."
Another 39 people died in England after testing positive for the coronavirus, increasing the total number of confirmed deaths in the country to 167, the National Health Service said on Friday.
Johnson's Treasury Secretary Rishi Sunak said the government intervened to pay coronavirus outbreaks to keep workers from firing.
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