Boris Johnson has announced tough new restrictions on what people can do and which shops can remain open to fight the coronavirus’s spread.
In a speech on Monday evening, the prime minister outlined a series of measures to combat the outbreak, bringing the UK closer to European countries like Italy, Spain and France.
The latest restrictions came after it became clear many people were not abiding by government advice to socially distance and avoid pubs and restaurants, leading to a risk of the virus spreading rapidly and overwhelming the NHS with cases.
They affect how you can shop, exercise and important events that you may still have planned.
Here is what you can and can’t do under the restrictions.
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Leave your house to shop for basic necessities, but this should be as infrequently as possible
Take part in one form of exercise outside of your home, such as running, walking or cycling – on your own or with people you live with – a day
Leave the house for a medical need, to provide care or to help someone who is vulnerable
Travel to and from work if you absolutely have to and can’t carry out your job from home
Visit the park for exercise, but congregations will be dispersed
Gather in groups of more than two people, excluding those you live with – and the prime minister has said you should not be meeting friends
Keep a shop open that is selling non essential goods – this includes clothing and electronic stores
Hold a wedding, baptism or other social event or ceremony, with places of worship being told to shut, though funerals may take place
Police will enforce the restrictions through fines and dispersing gatherings, Johnson said in his speech.
“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; because there won’t be enough ventilators, enough intensive care beds, enough doctors and nurses,” the prime minister said on Monday.
The measures will be looked at again in three weeks, Johnson added.
“No prime minister wants to enact measures like this,” he said. “I know the damage that this disruption is doing and will do to people’s lives, to their businesses and to their jobs.”