Prime Minister Boris Johnson has now issued a new series of social restrictions in a bid to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.
In an address to the nation – in which he didn’t use the word ‘lockdown’ – this evening Mr Johnson said people would now only be able to leave their homes for a small number of 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;
- travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home
Mr Johnson added: “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 services 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.”
These measures are set to be reviewed in three weeks.