Indian street food group Mowgli is closing all its sites as part its effort to help curb the spread of Covid-19.

All 10 restaurants will close on Wednesday evening (18 March), with founder Nisha Katona saying she had been moved by the “absolute tragedy” the virus has reaped on Italy.

Katona told MCA that she had an 18-year-old daughter, and could not have the possibility of her own young staff being exposed on her conscience.

She said the chancellor’s announcement, which includes a package of support for hospitality businesses, would give Mowgli the breathing space to see through her plan to reopen the restaurants when the time is right.

Katona told MCA: “What struck me, was listening to the Italians and seeing the absolute tragedy of the virus.

“The aim is we honour our staff. We don’t know how long we’ll close for, but the Sunak announcement means everything, so when we emerge from this, we emerge as a strong business, ready to go again.

“We are all quite positive here. It’s quite nice to pull the plaster off and say we’ve got to close for the sake of humanity. Let’s look at the finances henceforth. There’s no point in dragging it out, because it’s dangerous for people

“I’ve got an 18 year old daughter. I thought if she was going into work serving people how would I feel? I thought we’ve got to close it.”