The Prime Minister Announces New Measures to Lock Down the Country
The Prime Minister outlined the latest steps to fight the disease. Each and everyone of us is involved, he said. But without huge national effort the NHS will be overwhelmed. More people will die – not just those with the Coronavirus, but with other illnesses as well. It is vital to slow the spread of the disease.
The aim is to save more lives, but we need to do more. That is why the following must be done:
- You must stay at home to stop disease spreading between households.
- You must only do shopping for basic necessities (eg food).
- You may go outside to exercise, once per day.
- You may go on visits if the aim is to provide care for people with medical needs.
- Travelling to and from work will be acceptable, but only when that work cannot be done from home.
- You should not be meeting with friends.
- Not be meeting with family members who live outside the home.
- You should use food delivery services when possible.
If members of the public refuse to comply with these rules the police will have the powers to enforce them – by issuing fines or dispersing gatherings.
To ensure compliance all shops selling non-essential goods and other premises (eg libraries and places of worship) will be closed.
No gatherings of more than 2 people will be allowed in a public place.
All social events will be cancelled – that includes weddings, but excludes funerals.
He further said no Prime Minister wants to enact measures like this. That is why the government has produced a huge and unprecedented programme of support for workers and businesses.
He said, they will look at the rules again in 3 weeks’ time, and will relax them if it is possible.
The way ahead is hard, and it is true many lives will be lost, but there is a way through. Already the government and experts are collaborating round the country to obtain new equipment, and working towards a vaccine to turn the tide on this invisible killer
Everyone is now obliged to join together, to save the lives of many thousands.
And I know that as they have in the past – so many times – the people of this country will rise to that challenge, and we will come through it stronger than ever. We will beat the Coronavirus, and we will beat it together. And therefore I urge you, at this moment of national emergency, to stay at home, protect our NHS, and saves lives.