In the past 24 hours a spate of UK shops have closed due to coronavirus. The latest outlets closing down include McDonald’s, Costa Coffee and Nando’s.
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Costa Coffee made the announcement that stores would close at 7pm tonight.
Similarly all 1,3000 McDonald’s stores across the UK will close at the same time this evening.
Costa Coffee wrote: “Our number one priority is the safety of our store teams and customers.
“As the need to support social distancing increases, we have taken the decision to temporarily close our stores from this evening, Monday 23 March.”
Nando’s is closing all 400 UK stores “until further notice.”
John Lewis is also closing all stores today, and Pret A Manger is closed.
Which stores have closed due to coronavirus?
- Pret A Manger
- Costa Coffee
- Apple Stores
- The Body Shop
- Disney Store
- River Island
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The National Trust is also closing parks and gardens to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Director general Hilary McGrady said: “Despite our desire to keep our outdoor spaces open, the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors has to be our top priority.
“Having observed the numbers visiting our properties today I am no longer convinced we can maintain social distancing over Mother’s Day when numbers are likely to grow, and beyond.”
Ms McGrady added that the Trust would be taking measures to ensure that people did not lose their connection with nature, and that sites of natural beauty remained open ‘virtually’.”
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What are the supermarkets’ current opening times?
Some supermarkets had announced new, more limited closing hours, while others have new hours to benefit key workers.
Tesco is allowing key workers through doors and hour before they are due to open.
A statement read: “We know that those working for the NHS may be finding it hard to find time to shop for their groceries at the moment.
“So, from this Sunday, we’re going to introduce a special hour in stores for NHS staff as a thank you for all they are doing.”
However, this only applies to large superstores.
Shoppers in this category will also need an NHS card to enter during these hours.
Asda also has reserved shopping hours for NHS doctors, nurses and staff.
Sainsbury’s has stated: “Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, all our supermarkets will dedicate 08.00 to 09.00 to serving elderly customers, disabled customers and carers.”
It added: “We have decided to allow NHS and social care workers to shop in our supermarkets for half an hour before they open each day.”
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