British PM, Boris Johnson introduces tough new coronavirus regulations.

British PM, Boris Johnson introduces tough new coronavirus regulations.

17-03-2020Reuters/pool

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced tough new measures in the UK to tackle the spread of coronavirus.

From midnight on Monday, people can only leave their homes:

To travel to and from work but only if absolutely necessary;
To exercise once a day, alone or with other household members;
To shop for basic essentials;
To buy medicine;
To care for vulnerable people;

All weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies are banned.

All shops that don’t sell essential items such as food and other vital supplies will be closed.

Libraries, playgrounds, tennis courts, outdoor gyms and churches will also shut down.

Parks will remain open and people will be allowed to use them once a day for exercise with a maximum of two people together.

The British Government announced on Friday that it will pay 80% of staff wages for those affected by the coronavirus closures.

The Police will be authorised to break up gatherings of more than two people and to issue fines for non-compliance but will use persuasion rather than force.

The new measures have been welcomed by the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon and by the First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford.

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S.O. / Hace 9 months

@Yogi: The British and their ‘freedom rights” first and foremost, eh? As you say, Heaven help the UK.

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Yogi / Hace 9 months

Just seen images of London’s crammed tube trains this morning ( Tuesday) supposedly in a lockdown. Not in a million years is that a lockdown. As for social distancing, you’d struggle to get a cigarette paper between them. Heaven help the UK. Historians will look at this time and note that the population had become infected with Oppositional Defiant Disorder before then being swamped by Covid 19!

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Britbabe / Hace 9 months

I agree with Stan. Too little, too late. But better late than never I suppose.

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Juan love / Hace 9 months

What the hell is this man doing??!

Allowed to exercise WITH another person?

Public transport is still heaving this morning in London.

People still walking around and carrying on as normal.

Has nobody seen the footage of the hospitals in Italy who now have to choose who to save and who to let die? Where the people are saying they should have acted sooner?

Over 300 are dying every day here in Spain, and this is WITH stricter regulations.

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Stan / Hace 9 months

When you see the number of deaths in Italy and Spain, I do not think the UK are doing enough to stop the spread of this Virus. The PM must announce a total Lockdown , to stop many more deaths.

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