The UK entered a nationwide lockdown marking the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Work from home

Prime minister Boris Johnson did a U-turn by telling firms to send employees home if they weren’t already working from home.

In the property industry, many deals that were due to complete were put on hold or postponed.

Retail and leisure operators raised the alarm over the public being asked to stay at home, while Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UK Hospitality, said chancellor Rishi Sunak’s £350bn coronavirus support package did not go far enough.