Borris Johnson just announced a full lockdown of the UK for the next three weeks due to the spread of Covid-19. The order to stay at home is effective from Monday evening, with limited exceptions for when people can leave their home.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says: “you must stay at home” – unless you have a very specific reason to leave. “If you don’t follow the rules the police will have the powers to enforce them.”
“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,” Johnson said. “From this evening, I must give the British people a very simple instruction: You must stay at home.”
” Because the critical thing we must do is stop the disease spreading between households.
That is why people will only be allowed to leave their home 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.”
Places that will have to close :
– Shops selling nonessential items, playgrounds, libraries and places of worship
The lockdown will be enforced by law later this week when emergency legislation passes, meaning police will have the ability to issue fines to those breaking the new laws.
More details will come soon.