Boris Johnson has ordered what is effectively a UK-wide lockdown.
It comes after a number of media sources over the last few days showed how existing measures put in place over the past week were not being met by the British public.
The Prime Minster has told people to stay at home, or they would face a fine but was tentative to actually describe the plans as “lockdown,” something which Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon, who announced mirrored plans, did not shy away from.
Johnson detailed how people will only be allowed to leave their home for the following very limited purposes:
- 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
He confirmed that all social events including weddings, baptisms and other gatherings would be cancelled – excluding funerals.
In his address to the nation, he said police would now have to power to split up gatherings of people of over two people not in the same household and that fines would be given to those flouting the new rules.
He told the nation that it was vital to follow the guidelines to reduce the deaths linked to the coronavirus and to help prevent the wider spread.
This, in line with tonight’s statement of only travelling in to work if absolutely necessary, is expected to mean that those in the mobility industry can continue to work and serve those in need while keeping the strict new measures in mind.
This is a breaking news story and AMP will keep the industry up to date when more specific information is released for those working within the sector.