Bao, Kricket, Berber & Q, Breddos Tacos and Monty’s Deli are among the restaurant groups to announce temporary closures.

JKS-backed Bao said it had come to the decision to close all four sites with a “heavy heart”, but said it was going “what is right for everyone”.

The Taiwanese brand will instead operate a delivery brand called ‘Rice Error by Boa.

Berber & Q will close both its restaurants, saying the government’s announcement on Monday made staying open for longer “all but impossible”.

On Instagram, the brand wrote: £We, like so many others that we know personally in the hospitality industry and far beyond, have found ourselves in the unenviable position of having to make critical decisions and choices focused on the livelihoods of our team, their health risk, the long term survival of our business, and the greater good of society at large.

“It has felt, to us at least, as if these considerations have been pulling us in a number of different directions, all at the same time. In this crazy set of circumstance that we all find ourselves in, there are no right or wrong answers, only tough decisions to be made, each with significant consequence.”

The company is exploring take-away and delivery options.

Breddos said it was closing all sites with a “very heavy heart”, but hoped to return soon.

Monty’s Deli is temporarily closing two sites - in Seven Dials Market and one in Market Halls Victoria for the foreseeable future “while this dystopian nightmare works itself out”.

Spitalfields continues to be open until further notice.

Monty’s is making whole joints of pastrami, salt beef and smoked turkey available to buy online & delivered by post.

Kricket said its decision to temporarily close all restaurants was made in the “best interests of our staff and customers”.

“We are family here at Kricket and are determined to bounce back stronger than ever before.”

The White Rabbit Fund-backed group is launching a bespoke delivery-only service from all its restaurants.