He said: “The impact of the coronavirus is going to cause real damage to our economy. The Government’s advice to avoid pubs is clear and, while this is essential, it must provide more support to keep these businesses afloat.
“The traditional London pub has been at the very heart of our communities for hundreds of years, but without more financial support, their future is at threat.
“I urge the Government to listen to the calls of the British Beer & Pub Association and go much further in ensuring that the businesses and staff are given the support they need at this difficult time.”
City goes quiet
Transport for London has closed dozens of Tube stations while other transport services have reduced their services to weekend timetables.
It comes as the majority of museums and other tourist attractions have decided to close to the public until further notice.
Pub giant Greene King also announced it would shut all central London sites today (Friday 20 March).
At the time of publication, the Government was yet to reveal any employment support though further plans are expected to be revealed later today in the Prime Minister’s daily briefing.