Lockdown: Boris Johnson orders people to stay at home
The Prime Minister has closed shops, restricted social gatherings and given the police powers to issue fines for non-compliance
23 March, 2020
Boris Johnson addressed the UK from number 10 Downing Street
STRICT new restrictions across the UK have been announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to try and slow the spread of coronavirus.
In a pre-recorded statement tonight (Monday), Mr Johnson told people they must stay at home except for shopping for necessities, exercising once a day, travelling to and from essential work and any urgent medical needs.
Parks will stay open, but any gatherings of two or more people will be dispersed by police, who also have powers to issue fines for non-compliance, added Mr Johnson.
Shops selling non-essential items, libraries playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship were also ordered to close immediately.
Weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies are banned, but funerals will be allowed to take place.
The restrictions would be kept under “constant review”, said the Prime Minister, but would last for at least three weeks.
“The way ahead is hard, and it is still true that many lives will sadly be lost,” said Mr Johnson.
“Day by day we are strengthening our amazing NHS with 7,500 former clinicians now coming back to the service. With the time you buy – by simply staying at home – we are increasing our stocks of equipment.
“We are accelerating our search for treatments. We are pioneering work on a vaccine.
“And we are buying millions of testing kits that will enable us to turn the tide on this invisible killer. I want to thank everyone who is working flat out to beat the virus.
“Everyone from the supermarket staff to the transport workers to the carers to the nurses and doctors on the frontline. But in this fight we can be in no doubt that each and every one of us is directly enlisted.
“Each and every one of us is now obliged to join together.To halt the spread of this disease. To protect our NHS and to save many, many thousands of lives.”