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UK Prime minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation this evening and has made a number of wide-ranging restrictions on people leaving their homes

UK Prime minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation this evening and has made the following wide-ranging restrictions

  • From tonight, people in Britain will be allowed to leave their homes for only “very limited purposes” – shopping for basic necessities; for one form of exercise a day; for any medical need; and to travel to and from work when “absolutely necessary”
  • People are warned not to meet friends or family members who they do not live with
  • Shopping is only permitted for essentials like food and medicine, and people are advised to do it “as little as you can”
  • Police have powers to enforce the rules, including through fines and dispersing gatherings
  • All shops selling non-essential goods, such as clothing and electronic stores, are ordered to close
  • Libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship are to close
  • All gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with – are banned
  • All social events, including weddings and baptisms, are banned
  • Funerals are not included in the new restrictions
  • Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed
  • Restrictions “under constant review” and will be checked again in three weeks. They will be relaxed “if the evidence shows we are able to”

These measures will remain in place for three weeks before they are reviewed.

In Scotland First Minster Nichola Sturgeon said

  • Stay at home – the clear message I gave yesterday. The only reasons for leaving you home are: shopping for basic needs, exercise, medical reasons or caring and for work
  • Non-essential shops are to close
  • Social events must not take place, only funerals and these are restricted to immediate family only
  • Outdoor social gatherings are not allowed, no more than two people
  • Emergency legislation will be available later in the week and it will be used by Police Scotland
  • These restrictions will mean that many fewer of us will be affected by the virus

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