PM tells public to ‘not go out tonight’ as cafes, pubs and bars told to close

Boris Johnson said to businesses that everything is being done in the government’s power. “We will stand by you”

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Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced further measures to help stop the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19/C19).

In his daily address he said,

“We are telling cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants to close tonight as soon as they reasonably can and not reopen tomorrow.”

Boris Johnson said that people should not go out tonight to such venues. He said,

“We want you to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.”

He said to businesses that everything is being done in the government’s power.

“We will stand by you”

He went on to say,

“There are licensing arrangements that will make it simple.”

He said it won’t need to be enforced adding, “in reality everybody can see the imperative of what is necessary”.

For more detail see the BBC live feed.

Image: jiggliemon under CC BY 2.0

Friday, 20th March, 2020 5:28pm



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18 Comments on "PM tells public to ‘not go out tonight’ as cafes, pubs and bars told to close"

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To all those owners in doom and gloom, I sympathise…But bring some joy to someone else…. donate any food that is going to be wasted to charity- Sally Army , food banks. etc. That will help make you feel a little better knowing you will have helped someone less fortunate than yourselves.

Angela Hewitt

Has anyone tried shopping on line at supermarkets today. Good luck.

Rhos yr Alarch

Betting shops still appear to be open. Must be considered an essential service…!!

Angela Hewitt

PS Supermarkets need to stop being supermarkets and become warehouses. With more delivery vans. They can hire them.

Rhos yr Alarch

Things not looking good on Shetland right now…. 24 confirmed cases in population of 22,000….

To all the people who still don’t get/adhere to the advice – we don’t just have ‘only 2 cases’ on the IW. Many are likely infected if the posts on IW Coronavrus Support Group are to believed. Also – see this uk heatmap – Reporting of covid-19 cases with symptoms, this page gives more about how current guestimates are calculated (including google queries !) Updated recently… Read more »

Interesting site but I suspect the group data by postcode so the Isle of Wight is treated as part of Portsmouth.

Also it only tracks flu like symptoms so combines ordinary flu (and some heavy colds) with coronavirus.

As such I’m not convinced of its usefulness as an accurate picture of Covid-19 infections on the Island.


“Flusurvey now includes questionnaire on COVID-19 as well.”

Mathematician/epidemiologist at @LSHTM. @WellcomeTrust fellow and @TEDFellow.

Barefoot now adapted for covid-19. (today I think) Captures additional information about possible community acquired covid-19 using ONLY self reported symptoms. Distinguishes more likely covid type symptoms from ‘normal’ flu & colds Heatmap can be viewed down to upper postcode level eg PO38 etc – see No data for IW, yet….. those with any symptoms should be encouraged to participate if they want to further understanding… Read more »

This video is worth watching . 100% factual and sent to my by my cousin who is a Doctor…..

Benny C
Sadly, perhaps even tragically, reading between the lines of last evenings daily update from Westminster, we have had sufficient numbers resisting self distancing and isolation recommendations meaning we are likely to be going the way of Italy, France and Spain. So here comes far more restriction on distance from home limits, potentially a requirement for permits to travel as are already in use in Paris, fines for… Read more »

In my opinion this is a total disgrace we should have Freedom of Choice !!!


It’s not all about you is it ?

the auditor

It is far better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and prove it

Benny C
The reality is in Italy and France. They are ahead of us in terms of infection timescale and many are dying because of carriers who thought like you a few weeks ago. Conversely in South Korea, draconian measures, which invaded personal choice and rights, were brought early and fast. Their death rates are minuscule by comparison. So I hope you are taking all that into account when… Read more »

Absolute numpty!


your ‘freedom of choice’ should never extend to infecting others with this deadly virus

Benny C
Sadly these folk, for whose protection the world is mobilising at unimaginable expense, are the very ones contributing most to the problem. They act out their daily lives in a fantasy world where they are deliberately dismissive of the Coronavirus risks, as if in some way blessed with superior knowledge or power for which they secretly hope recognition might come. Of course, it won’t. Equally they override… Read more »