Boris Johnson has said that Britain must learn to live with coronavirus as he delayed the end of Covid restrictions by four weeks and insisted that July 19 would be the new “terminus date” (The Times £).
Business leaders have called for further UK government support for companies as ministers prepare to delay the reopening of the economy (The Financial Times £).
Rishi Sunak has rejected business demands for an extension of the furlough scheme and business rates relief, despite expectations that the government will delay the easing of Covid-19 restrictions currently set for 21 June (The Guardian).
Business groups have warned that pubs, bars, restaurants and nightclubs face significant hardship or collapse after the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in England was postponed for four weeks without new financial support from the government (The Guardian).
Beleaguered pub workers cannot be expected to force customers to obey lockdown rules after Boris Johnson delayed the final step of reopening, bosses have said (The Telegraph).
The Lex column in The Financial Times (£) takes a look at Boxed, which has been dubbed an online Costco for millennials. ”The lossmaking company will go public via a special-purpose acquisition company at a near $900m valuation that looks overpriced.”
The Mail follows up on the Meatless Farm fundraising plan reported in The Grocer and The Guardian yesterday morning. Meatless Farm has given its customers a chance to invest in the company as it launches a £5m crowdfunding campaign.