The Government has ordered that all restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars across the Isle of Wight close tonight (Friday) until further notice.
Such establishments are being told to close as soon as they reasonably can, however, take-out services are permitted to stay open.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also said that gyms, clubs, leisure centres, theatres and cinemas should also close their doors. Many on the Island already have.
If needed, the government will enforce these measures by law.
The following businesses and venues have been asked to close:
- Food and drink venues for consumption on-site, such as restaurants and cafes.
- Drinking establishments, including pubs, bars, nightclubs.
- Entertainment venues, including cinemas, theatres, concert halls and bingo halls.
- Museums and galleries.
- Spas, wellness centres and massage parlours.
- Casinos and betting shops.
- All indoor leisure and sports facilities, including gyms.
Those thinking of heading out tonight are being asked not to, to protect the NHS and save lives.
The government has also urged the public to take further steps to protect themselves and the wider population from the coronavirus, including:
- Everyone to stay at home unless they need to get essential supplies such as food and medicines.
- All those able to work from home to do so, unless their work is essential.
- Only traveling if absolutely necessary - while public transport won’t stop, this should only be used for essential travel – for example by key workers to travel to and from work.
The Prime Minister has said the government will review the situation each month to see if they can relax the measures imposed, which could indicate that establishments will be closed for several weeks to come.
Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP has said:
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“We will do whatever it takes to protect people across this country as we tackle the coronavirus outbreak.
“While people have responded well to calls for social distancing and self-isolation, we must go further if we are to be able to stop the spread of the virus and protect the most vulnerable people in our society, and our NHS.
“That is why we are now telling entertainment and hospitality premises to close temporarily, and people to only travel if absolutely essential, to help protect each other from the further spread of the virus.
“We stand behind businesses and their employees and are offering an unprecedented range of support as we tackle this huge challenge together”.
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