Les Miserables is among the shows that have closed for the foreseeable future The government is set to announce more financial measures to help the economy during the coronavirus outbreak, amid warnings the latest restrictions could put firms out of business.
Boris Johnson has urged everyone to avoid unnecessary social contacts, to work from home where possible, and to stay away from pubs and restaurants.
People in at-risk groups will be asked within days to stay home for 12 weeks.
The number of people who have died with the virus in the UK has reached 55.
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A SIMPLE GUIDE: What are the symptoms? TRAVEL PLANS: What are your rights? IN-DEPTH: Coronavirus pandemic The expected economic announcement comes less than a week after new Chancellor Rishi Sunak published his Budget, which included a £30bn package to boost the economy and get the country through the outbreak.Mr Sunak is also expected to appear at the now daily Downing Street news conference later.Help for the airline industry, which has been crippled by travel bans and a collapse in demand , is expected to be among the new measures, according to BBC political correspondent Chris Mason.Pubs, theatres and music venues have also raised concerns about the impact of the government’s new guidance on their businesses.Many have expressed anger that the prime minister advised people to stay away from social venues while not forcing premises […]