Coffee chain Tim Hortons has announced temporary closures at its UK restaurants amid the Covid-19 virus outbreak.
The chain, which released a statement on social media confirmed it will close all 25 of its stores by midnight today (24 March).
The statement read: “At Tim Hortons, our priority is the safety and well-being of our teams and our guests, therefore, we have taken the difficult decision to close all Tim Horton’s restaurants in the U.K. by midnight on Tuesday 24 March.”
“This is not a decision we are taking lightly, but one made with our teams and our guests in mind. Thank you to our brilliant team members for their hard work during this very challenging time.”
The statement concluded: “We look forward to seeing you all again as open as it is safe for us to open.”
The news comes as Boris Johnson announced that the UK public are only allowed to venture out of their homes for essential supplies and one exercise outing per day, or face fines, under new measures introduced yesterday evening (23 March).
In a recorded address filmed in No 10 Downing Street, Boris Johnson said the police will have the power to disperse groups of more than two people, and levy on-the-spot fines for people flouting the new rules.
Yesterday, Krispy Kreme announced the temporary closures of all its UK and Ireland stores amid the recent coronavirus outbreak.
In a recent statement, CEO Richard Cheshire said the company took the “difficult decision” to close all its stores yesterday (Monday 23 March 2020) for “a little while.”