The prime minister has announced strict new curbs on life in the UK to tackle the spread of coronavirus.
From this evening people must stay at home except for shopping for basic necessities, daily exercise, any medical need and travelling to and from essential work.
In a broadcast to the nation he said;
“No prime minister wants to enact measures like this.
“I know the damage that this disruption is doing and will do to people’s lives, to their businesses and to their jobs.
“And that’s why we have produced a huge and unprecedented programme of support both for workers and for business.”
He went onto say: “I can assure you that we will keep these restrictions under constant review. We will look again in three weeks and relax them if the evidence shows we are able to.
“But at present there are just no easy options. The way ahead is hard, and it is still true that many lives will sadly be lost.”
From tonight, people will be allowed to leave their homes for:
– 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 their household;
– any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person;
– travelling to and from work, but only where it is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home
Mr Johnson said that the government will immediately:
– close all shops selling non-essential goods, including clothing and electronic stores – as well as other premises like libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship
– stop all gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with
– stop all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but allow funerals
– Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed.
More to follow