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Without urgent help to save them, the UK’s pubs and restaurants could end up being closed for good as customers abandon eating and drinking out after new Government advice.
The White Hart Hotel, in Carter Street, has made the decision to close from today, Tuesday, March 17, after the Government issued guidelines for people to avoid pubs, restaurants and social gatherings.
Those who have tables booked will be called by the restaurant and will be able to re-book when it reopens.
A spokesman for the restaurant said: “The new government guidelines are to avoid pubs and restaurants and social gatherings, with this in mind with heavy hearts we will be closing from today waiting for further advice from the Government.
“We are taking action and protecting our staff and customers by making this decision, it hasn’t been an easy one but we have decided to stop the spread and try to protect everyone around us.
“Anyone with bookings over the next two weeks will be contacted today and will be able to rearrange with us when we reopen.
“We hope that everyone supports our decision, this is what the government should have done instead of warning everyone to stay away.”
It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued a statement for people to stop “all non-essential social contact”, including visiting public areas.
Mr Johnson said: “We need people to start working from home where they possibly can and you should avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues.
“Without drastic action, cases could double every four or five days.”