This evening's briefing was introduced by the Prime Minister:
We are collectively telling, telling cafes, pubs, bars, restaurants to close tonight as soon as they reasonably can, and not to open tomorrow.
We’re also telling nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres to close on the same timescale.
And I want to stress that we will review the situation each month, to see if we can relax any of these measures.
And listening to what I have just said, some people may of course be tempted to go out tonight. But please don’t.
You may think you are invincible, but there is no guarantee you will get mild symptoms, and you can still be a carrier of the disease and pass it on to others
It was followed by a briefing from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, introducing:
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
- Extension of interest-free period of Business Interruption Loan Scheme to 12 months
- Deferral of next VAT payment until end of June
- Deferral of next self-assessment payment from July 2020 to January 2021 (and removal of minimum threshold to access Universal Credit (equivalent of SSP)