BUSINESSES across the borough were forced to close their doors yesterday afternoon after new coronavirus rules were put into place for Bolton.

Many pubs, restaurants, and cafes will return to offering takeaway food services once again, including Rosa, an Italian restaurant on Manchester Road.

The firm will be open for takeaway seven days a week, and is offering 20 per cent off each order in a deal dubbed "Take Out to Help Out".

The Lime Tree Restaurant in Farnworth will also be offering discounts to their customers, with 25 per cent off food for collection, and 10 per cent off deliveries.

Their NHS discount will also be increased to 35 per cent.

The firm added: "Lets follow the government's guidance to beat this virus. See you soon and take care."

Hogarths in Bolton apologised for the inconvenience caused to their "amazing" customers.

The site had previously been commended for the coronavirus protocols they had put into place, and is looking forward to reopening when restrictions are eased.

The Hawthorns Restaurant in Blackrod is "devastated" to be forced to close, but announced that they would be bringing back their popular Inn Not Out takeaway service on September 18.

The Cherry Tree at Blackrod also closed their doors "with a heavy heart".

Posting on their Facebook page, the popular restaurant said: "Due to local restrictions imposed on Bolton today, with a heavy heart we have to close our doors until the lockdown is lifted.

"Stay safe & keep an eye on our social media for all the updates about ‘The Cherry Tree at home’ takeout meals.

"Thank you so much for your support during these unprecedented times so far and we cannot wait to welcome you back hopefully very soon so you can enjoy it all again."

Retreat Bolton will be offering a takeaway service for its pizza, with 20 per cent off on a collection only basis. More information is available on the restaurant's Facebook page.

Ciao Baby in Egerton will be open for takeaway, and has been forced to cancel all dine-in bookings for the "foreseeable future".

Chef and Brewer vowed to "be back with you soon" after cancelling all booking and opening up for takeaway orders, whilst Sai Spice will be starting a takeaway service at 5pm this evening.

The popular Indian eatery announced the new move alongside the hashtag "it is what it is".

Belmont's Black Dog Pub will still be open, as it falls outside of the area covered by the new restrictions.

A post on the pub's Facebook page confirmed that the establishment would continue to trade, and assured customers that all safety measures and guidelines were in place.