A number of restaurants have shut their doors to diners today whilst others are now serving take-out food.

Cafes, pubs and restaurants were told to close on Friday night in new social distancing measures aiming to stop the spread of coronavirus.

In addition to this, the announcement by Boris Johnson asked the UK's nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres to also close.

Restaurant owners have looked to battle on during the crisis and many have made the necessary arrangements overnight.

Here was the scene at the popular Kebabish Original Restaurant based on Whalley New Road, Blackburn today as the interior was changed to ensure there was adequate social distancing between customers.

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A member of the management said, “It has been a stressful time for us all but we know this is for the best. Customers can collect from the restaurant like they would from a takeaway. But we went one step further to make sure people stand apart.

“Tables and chairs have been removed. When we are taking orders we advise customers a collection time so all orders are several minutes apart.”

The Waheed’s Buffet Restaurant, based on Randal Street, Blackburn sent this new post out encouraging diners to ring in their orders.

Abdul Toheed said, “We are doing collection or delivery. Customers ring us when they are outside and we will bring the food outside. All our staff will be wearing gloves.”

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East Z East in Preston said they as of Saturday 21 March 2020 would be open only for takeaways and deliveries.

A message read, “East Z East Preston will only be open for Takeaways, Online orders via Deliveroo and Phone orders for Collection."

Meanwhile the East Z East Restaurant Blackburn posted this today, “At East Z East Blackburn our focus, as always, is on the health and safety of our customers and staff. 

“The health and safety of our customers and staff is our priority and upon monitoring the statements issued by the Government regarding Coronavirus we have therefore decided to close our restaurant until further notice.”

Elsewhere, My Lahore in Bradford were offering online deliveries.

Order online: https://mylahore.co.uk we deliver direct to your door, and you can also click and collect for curb-side delivery! #LoveMyLahore


Bukhara Manchester had already posted their takeout menu for customers.

The major chains were also changing their approach today.

Nando’s posted, “For an at-home PERi-PERi fix, collect from any Nando’s (by phone, online or walk in) or use our home delivery service available in many of our restaurants. Due to recent Government advice on COVID-19, we have temporarily closed all restaurants for our eat in experience.”