Coronavirus: UK workers to get two-thirds of wages if firms told to shut

Rishi Sunak announces new furlough scheme to cover 66% of workers’ pay at businesses closed under new Covid-19 lockdowns

The government is to pay two-thirds of workers’ wages at businesses forced to close during new coronavirus lockdowns, the chancellor has announced.

Rishi Sunak said the government would subsidise pay by providing grants to all UK companies forced to shut their doors – likely to be pubs, bars and restaurants – due to the fresh controls imposed in Scotland and expected to be put in place in England next week. There will also be new grants paid direct to businesses to help them meet other costs.

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