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UK Government To Cover 80 Percent Wages Of Employees Amidst Virus

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The government in the UK has put together a financial scheme as the country locks down to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic. The effects of the virus are not just felt in the entertainment industry, others feel it too. As a part of Friday’s briefing, chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a scheme to pay 80 per cent of wages to the employees not working due to the virus.

UK Government To Provide Up To $ 2,900 To Employees

The Friday briefing told that the UK government will provide grants of up to £2,500 or $2,900 a month. Companies and organizations will be able to apply for these grants to cover the wages of people not working due to the coronavirus. The grants will initially last for three months. The move has come after companies started to shed staff in the entertainment industry. Exhibition giant Cineworld has already started to cut down cost by reducing staff in the UK and Ireland. Social media is now calling such companies to reverse their decisions after the UK government’s announcement.

However, one thing to note here is that this support does not extend to freelancers working in the country. The creative sector is the hardest hit, with people calling for proportional income support for this workforce as well. A new survey shows that half of the freelancers have already lost money as a result of the pandemic.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently urged people to stay away from public spaces like pubs, bars and theatres. This resulted in closing down of many UK cinemas, following a Friday official shutdown. This shutdown included the closing of all cafes, bars, restaurants, theatres, gyms, cinemas and various leisure centres for the night.

The coronavirus has affected millions around the globe, the UK government is not the only one taking such measures. Other countries like Nepal, China, and El Salvador have also called for safety measures for the public.

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