Hugh Jackman Closes Cafe Over COVID-19 Concerns

He has temporarily shuttered The Laughing Man cafe in New York City.

Hugh Jackman has closed his cafe due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 51-year-old actor — who has children Oscar, 19, and Ava, 14, with wife Deborra-Lee Furness — has temporarily locked the doors of Laughing Man in New York City because he felt it was the "right thing" to do in order to stop patrons mingling with one another and risking spreading the respiratory illness further.

He announced on Instagram: "We have made the decision to temporarily close the @laughingmancafe. We feel this is the best course of action to ensure the safety of our staff and community.

"We also feel it is the right thing for the larger community of NYC. We want to be a place of healthy interaction and not a potential danger to you."

The Greatest Showman actor urged his followers to look out for one another and sent good wishes around the world.

He continued: "This is a time when we find new depths to our motto ALL BE HAPPY and hope, more then ever, for it to help guide humanity. While it pains us not to serve you person to person, we will look for other ways to serve you during this time.

"Let us take care of each other the best we can. We wish the whole world health, peace, patience and love. #allbehappy (sic)"

Jackman opened the coffee shop, which is in the Tribeca district of the city, in 2011 in order to provide a marketplace for farmers in developing countries to be able to sell their goods to customers in the US.

Meanwhile, Jackman was forced to delete a post featuring a video of him dancing while washing his hands after fans criticised him for leaving the tap running when he was finished.

He replaced the clip with a new video, which he captioned: "Take 2. You're ALL absolutely right. Turn off the tap whilst washing your hands. Smart, healthy practices for yourself .. and the planet."

And in the clip, he thanked fans for pointing out his "mistake".

He said: "Alright, take two on this one.

"Thank you everyone for picking me up on my mistake yesterday, which was to wash my hands and leave the water running the whole time. That was not good, I wasn't thinking."

After washing his hands in the video, he then said: "Wash your hands. But don't keep the tap running." 



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