Going to the pub is British tradition. And the "ancient right of free-born people", as Premier Johnson puts it. Now, however, the government is closing the bars, restaurants, theaters and cinemas because of the corona virus.
In the UK, all pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes are being closed to stem the Covid-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in London. "I know we're doing something extraordinary, we're taking away the age-old and inalienable right of free-born people to go to the pub," said Johnson. Only serving takeaway food is still allowed. Night clubs, theaters, cinemas, leisure centers and sports studios are also no longer allowed to operate. Affected businesses should close "as soon as possible" on Friday night, Johnson said. So far, he has only recommended avoiding these facilities, and to prevent the worst economic consequences of the coronavirus crisis, the government in London plans to pay wages for companies and clubs in distress. This was announced by the British finance minister Rishi Sunak. Employers of all types and sizes could apply for help from an unrestricted fund, Sunak said at a press conference with Johnson that up to 80 percent of salaries and a maximum of £ 2500 a month are paid per employee who does not work can pursue. In addition, the government will not claim sales tax payments until the end of June. "Please take a close look at this support before firing people," said Sunak. The British government had been heavily criticized for its long reluctance to deal with the coronavirus crisis. It was only after most of the EU countries that she called on people to avoid unnecessary travel and social contacts. The schools will not be closed until next week.