Coronavirus forces British government to close pubs and restaurants (EXCEPT FOR TAKEAWAYS)

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The government is now not only moving fast to try to curtail the virus, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak has effectively revolutionised the economy, pledging to pay 80% of wages for every worker who has had to stop work, up to £2,500 a month.

The British government has also announced it is to close its clubs, cafes, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres.

Restaurants can remain open for takeaway and home delivery.

Our Policy Editor Lewis Goodall reports.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, Director General of the CBI Carolyn Fairbairn, the SNP’s leader in Westminster and Tory MP Tobias Ellwood join us in studio.

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