UK lockdown as Boris Johnson says everyone ‘must stay at home’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says people can now only leave home for limited purposes as he banned public gatherings of more than two people

Boris Johnson has announced a complete lockdown of the UK, banning people from leaving their homes or meeting in groups of more than two people as the Government scrambles to enforce social distancing measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

In a public address to the nation this evening, the Prime Minister said the public will not be allowed to leave their homes except for a few specific reasons, and could be fined £30 for meeting outside in groups of more than two people.

All non-essential shops will close, as will outdoor gyms, kiosks and places of worship, except for funerals.

The unprecedented measures were prompted by fears in Downing Street that its coronavirus suppression measures have been ignored by the public, and modelling that suggests at least three quarters of people must follow them for the NHS to be kept afloat.

Under the new lockdown, members of the public must not leave their house except to :

  • Shop for essentials, as infrequently as possible
  • Exercise outdoors once per day, alone or with household members
  • Receive medical treatment or provide care
  • Travel to and from work if impossible to work from home

Read below for more details from the Prime Minister’s public address.

What the UK lockdown means for you

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The lockdown just announced by the Prime Minister is the strictest policy yet to halt the transmission of coronavirus.

Read here what the lockdown means for you, and what you can still do under the measures.

Boris Johnson: We will beat the coronavirus

“Each and every one of us is now obliged to join together,” Mr Johnson says. 

“To halt the spread of this disease. To protect our NHS and to save many many thousands of lives.

“And I know that as they have in the past so many times. The people of this country will rise to that challenge. And we will come through it stronger than ever. We will beat the coronavirus and we will beat it together.”

Boris Johnson: Lockdown will last three weeks

“I know the damage that this disruption is doing and will do to people’s lives, to their businesses and to their jobs,” the Prime Minister said. 

“And that’s why we have produced a huge and unprecedented programme of support both for workers and for business.

“And 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. “

All non-essential shops closed

The Prime Minister said non-essential shops, libraries, outdoor gyms and places of workshops will be closed.

“We will stop all gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with,” he said

“We’ll stop all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals.

“Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed.”

Boris Johnson imposes new home lockdown

Mr Johnson said members of the public should not leave the house except for these reasons:

  • Shop for essentials, as infrequently as possible

  • Exercise outdoors once per day, alone or with household members

  • Receive medical treatment or provide care

  • Travel to and from work if impossible to work from home

Boris Johnson: NHS will not cope unless people stay at home

Mr Johnson says unless people follow social distancing measures, “there will come a moment when no health service in the world could possibly cope; because there won’t be enough ventilators, enough intensive care beds, enough doctors and nurses.”

Boris Johnson: This is the biggest threat for decades

“The coronavirus is the biggest threat this country has faced for decades – and this country is not alone. All over the world we are seeing the devastating impact of this invisible killer,” he says.

“And so tonight I want to update you on the latest steps we are taking to fight the disease and what you can do to help.”

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