A HM Government notice claiming alcohol is banned in the UK with immediate effect is false.

A fake post with the NHS and government logo is circulating online with the title ‘Coronavirus: Public Information.’ It goes on to detail that Simon Stevens CEO of the NHS has ‘ordered a ban on consumption of alcohol after his team have discovered that the toxin lowers immunity.’

The false claims suggest that all alcohol sales have stopped from today (29/03/20) and under emergency health legislation it is now illegal to purchase, sell and consume alcohol. The post finishes by advising:

‘Anyone caught breaching the new law will be severely sanctioned to protect everyone against the battle of Covid-19.’

Viribus News can confirm this is false information; alcohol purchase, consumption and the sale of alcohol products is not illegal for adults aged 18 and over.

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