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UK government shuts down all “non-essential” shops as part of measures to halt coronavirus

The British government has announced all shops selling “non-essential” goods – a term that applies to all video game and electronics stores, including Game – are to close effective immediately as part of sweeping measures intended to limit the impact of coronavirus in the UK.

In a broadcast to the nation earlier this evening, 23rd March, UK prime minister Boris Johnson confirmed the government was ordering the closure of all shops across the UK selling “non-essential” goods, “including clothing and electronic stores”.

The government’s follow-up guidelines are even clearer, explicitly stating that all retail will remain closed for at least three weeks from 23rd March with some exceptions (including supermarkets, pharmacies, petrol stations, pet shops, post offices, and banks), bringing an end to the uncertainty that has plagued the high street in recent weeks.

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