Punters watched on in dismay as Boris Johnson announced the official lockdown of their local boozers in today’s live coronavirus update press conference.
The Prime Minister effectively closed down the whole country today.
He has ordered pubs, restaurants, theatres, cinemas and gyms to shut their doors in a bid to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.
As the COVID-19 outbreak sweeps its way across the globe, Johnson said he understood just how distressing it was to take away the ancient rights of the British people to go to the pub.
However, he said it was absolutely essential to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The punters looked in shock as the Prime Minister announced the news.
Boris Johnson added: "I do accept that what we're doing is extraordinary: we’re taking away the ancient, inalienable right of free-born people of the United Kingdom to go to the pub, and I can understand how people feel about that.
"It's a huge wrench to do that, everybody understands that. It’s heartbreaking to think of the businesses that will face difficulties as a result of the measures this country has had to take.”
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Some may be tempted to head down to their local tonight, or go out to a bar, but the Prime Minister has warned Brits to stay away.
According to the Guardian, punters are still at pubs with no signs of leaving.
Shortly after the announcement, with Johnson still speaking, the Guardian said that one punter rushed to call his friends and said: “Listen, you’d better hurry up and get here because all the pubs are shutting at 7pm. Hurry up.”
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His announcement came after scientists advised the Government to restrict and control the spread of the virus. They said the restrictions will need to be in place for most of the year at least.
The Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling said while the severity of measures could fluctuate, “stricter” measures would need to be enforced for at least half of the year in order to keep cases at a level the NHS can cope with.
It comes as a further 39 people in England were confirmed to have died after testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the UK death toll to 183.
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