23rd March 2020

Tonight the government announced further measures to combat the further spread of coronavirus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued the following statement, in which he said we are facing a moment of national emergency, urging people to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives. 

This is an excerpt from his speech:

“That is why people will only be allowed to leave their homes for the following very limited purposes: 

  • 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; and
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home. 

That’s all – these are the only reasons you should leave your home. 

You should not be meeting friends. If your friends ask you to meet, you should say No. 

You should not be meeting family members who do not live in your home. 

You should not be going shopping except for essentials like food and medicine. And you should do this as little as you can. And use food delivery series where you can. 

If you don’t follow the rules, the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings. To ensure compliance with the Government’s instructions to stay at home, we will immediately: 

Close all shops selling non-essential goods including clothing and electronic stores and other premises including libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship

We will stop all gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with. 

And we will stop all social events including weddings, baptism and other ceremonies but excluding funerals. 

This is a moment of national emergency, stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives.”