Popular high street cobblers Timpson is to temporarily close all of its 2,150 branches in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson told all pubs, gyms, leisure centres, restaurants, cafes and cinemas across Britain to close "as soon as they reasonably can" on Friday stop the spread of coronavirus.
But that hasn't stopped businesses from other sectors following suit, with Primark following the likes of Pret A Manger and John Lewis to announce they will be temporarily closing their doors over the outbreak.
Timpson will soon be the latest high street company to join them after announcing it will temporarily close from 5pm on Monday.
The company's chief executive confirmed the company's employees will all remain on full pay even while the stores remain closed.
Timpson offers a range of services including shoe repair, key cutting, watch repair and mobile phone repairs.
In a tweet, Timpson chief executive James Timpson said: "We are temporarily closing all our 2150 shops by Monday March 23 at 5pm, and going in to hibernation…we hope it won’t be for too long.
"All our wonderful colleagues will remain on full pay, and will look forward to seeing you when we re open. Thank you."
Primark announced Sunday that it has been forced to close all 189 of its UK stores due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
Swedish furniture giant IKEA announced it is now online-only after closing stores from Friday at 6pm, with customers still able to browse and buy items through the IKEA website or app.
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