Businesses fear they will go bust if insurance companies are not forced to pay out.

Small businesses have asked for urgent clarity on the government’s order for Britons to avoid social contact in their premises.

Earlier on Monday, prime minister Boris Johnson called for people to avoid non-essential social contact in pubs, clubs, theatres and other social venues.

Several owners and workers have expressed worry at the losses they will now incur from the government’s advice. Some took to Twitter to demand the government mandates their closure so they can claim for losses from insurance companies.