The Prime Minister held a press conference today to announce further measures the country will take in the fight against COVID-19. Mr. Johnson advised that from tonight (20 March) cafes, bars, restaurants, leisure centers, pubs and cinemas will close and not re open tomorrow, apart from takeaway services, in a combined effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases.
Mr. Johnson said that these measures, along with those advised previously, would mean "we will be able to save literally thousands of lives," if we take actions together and "make sacrifices". He also assured businesses: "We will stand by you" and that everything in the government’s power is being done.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak followed this announcement by unveiling plans to provide support, which comes in addition to his announcement earlier this week of Government-backed loans and grants to support businesses. Mr Sunak said these measures are designed to protect jobs. Some of the main points from the scheme are;
Mr Sunak said there would be further announcements next week for measures that will ensure that medium-sized and larger businesses will be able to access the credit that they need.
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