Daily Mirror|March 21, 2020
Britain's pub industry ground to a halt last night as Boris Johnson finally ordered boozers to close in the war on coronavirus.
He made the move experts had long been calling for after revellers refused to stop going out drinking and the death rate from the worsening outbreak soared by 33 to 177.
The PM also told clubs, cafes, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, bookies and gyms to shut their doors.
But with many struggling businesses facing financial ruin over the tough move, Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled an unprecedented measures to pay the wages of workers who would otherwise lose their jobs.
Mr Johnson said: “I do accept that what we’re doing is extraordinary. We’re taking away the ancient inalienable right of freeborn people of the United Kingdom to go to the pub.
“But I say to people who do go against the advice that we’re getting clear advice from our medical and scientific experts, you know you’re not only putting your own life, the lives of your family, at risk… you’re endangering the community.
“And you’re making it more difficult for us to protect the NHS and save lives. And if you comply, if people comply as I say, then we will not only save lives, thousands of lives, but we’ll come out of this thing all the faster.
“You may be tempted to go out tonight and I say to you please don’t.
“You may think that you are invincible. But you can still be a carrier of the disease and pass it on.”
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