It may be a staple of British culture but Boris Johnson’s government announced Friday that all pubs must close down while the U.K. attempts to contain the coronavirus outbreak.Cafes, restaurants, nightclubs and gyms were also shuttered for the forseeable future.”The speed of our eventual recovery depends entirely on our collective ability to get on top of the virus now and that means we have to take the next steps on scientific advice,” Johnson told his daily COVID-19 news conference.He added: “We need now to push down further on that curve of transmission between us.”Let our news meet your inbox. The news and stories that matters, delivered weekday mornings.As a result, he said his government was “collectively telling cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants to close tonight as soon as they reasonably can and not to open tomorrow.”Though, to be clear, they can continue to provide take out services. We’re also telling nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres to close on the same timescale.”The announcement came as Britain’s Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled a new emergency package aimed at protecting jobs and wages.Sunak said he would defer the next quarter of VAT payments for firms, until the end of June, in a


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