The chancellor has announced the government will
pay two-thirds of employees’ salaries who are working in UK businesses required to close by law due to coronavirus restrictions.
Rishi Sunak called the expansion of the Job Support Scheme a “safety net” that would protect jobs.
A Treasury source says it could roughly cost hundreds of millions a month.
An update on restrictions, which could see pubs and restaurants shut in the worst-affected areas, is due on Monday.