UK Prime Minister Boris Johnston has announced that the UK public must stay at home and only leave if absolutely necessary to stop the spread of coronavirus.
New restrictions on movement include shopping only for basic goods and a ban on gatherings of more than two people. Police will be given special powers to enforce restrictions, including fines.
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) March 23, 2020
Your are only allowed to leave your home for four reasons:
- Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
- One form of exercise a day — for example a run, walk, or cycle — alone or with members of your household
- Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- Traveling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home
The government has issued a list of which “essential” retailers are allowed to stay open. They include:
- Supermarkets and other food shops
- Petrol stations
- Bicycle shops
- Home and hardware stores
- Laundrettes and dry cleaners
- Pet shops
- Post Offices
Shops selling non-essential goods will close and gatherings in public of more than two people who do not live together prohibited.
Other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship must also close immediately.
Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed. All social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies are banned – but funerals are allowed.
PM Johnson, said: “Without a huge national effort to halt the growth of this virus, there will come a moment when no health service in the world could possibly cope; because there won’t be enough ventilators, enough intensive care beds, enough doctors and nurses,” he said.
“And as we have seen elsewhere, in other countries that also have fantastic health care systems, that is the moment of real danger.
“To put it simply, if too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the NHS will be unable to handle it – meaning more people are likely to die, not just from coronavirus but from other illnesses as well.”