Prime Minister Boris Johnson has addressed the nation tonight (Monday) and ordered citizens to lockdown and stay at home with immediate effect.
In order to combat the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, we are all being told to remain inside our homes except in certain circumstances. Such stringent measures haven’t been seen since the war.
Gatherings of more than 2 people in public have been banned, as have events such as weddings – but funerals will still take place for immediate family. Places of worship are to close.
All shops and other businesses selling non-essential goods have been ordered to close from midnight. Shops that can stay open include supermarkets, pharmacies, pet shops, hardware stores, newsagents, petrol stations, banks, post offices, laundrettes and funeral homes.
Islanders are now only allowed to leave their home for:
- Shopping for basic necessities, as the infrequently as possible
- 1 form of exercise a day, alone or with members of the same household
- Any medical need, which includes caring
- Travelling to and from work when absolutely necessary
Police will have the power to fine any individual who disobeys the Government. They will disperse crowds if required.
Those currently abroad have been advised to return home as soon as possible.
The restrictions will be reviewed in 3 weeks’ time.
Boris Johnson has tonight said:
“You should not be meeting friends. If your friends ask you to meet, you should say no.
“You should not be meeting family members who do not live in your home.
“You should not be going shopping except for essentials like food and medicine – and you should do this as little as you can. And use food delivery services where you can.
“If you don’t follow the rules the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.”
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