Fast food chain Supermacs said today that it will close all of its restaurants by Thurday March 26 at 7pm.

It said it is closing due to the ever changing challenges presented by the health crisis and in the interests of its staff and customers. 

By delaying the closure until Thursday, it said this would allow the emergency services that are using the outlets for food to make alternative arrangements. 

Supermacs added that all seating areas in its lobbies will close tonight and remain closed. 

Earlier, Costa Coffee, Krispy Kreme and SubWay said they would close their Irish outlets amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Costa Coffee said it was temporarily closing all its cafes here and in the UK today.

Krispy Kreme also said it would close its shop in Blanchardstown in Dublin from 6pm today. 

The doughnut chain is also closing all of its UK outlets. 

Meanwhile sandwich maker Subway is also closing all of its outlets in Ireland and the UK from today. 

Subway said that locally, over today and tomorrow, franchise owners will donate their fresh ingredients to to local community groups and emergency workers, wherever possible.

The closures come after McDonald's announced all of its restaurants in Ireland and the UK will close this evening to protect the safety of its employees and customers.

The fast-food chain, which has 135,000 employees here and in the UK, posted a statement about the "difficult decision" to Twitter - adding that stores will close by that time this evening "at the latest".