Boris Johnson introduces stricter lockdown policy on UK, following lax social distancing measures

“You MUST stay at home.”

So for all of you who have spent the last few days queueing outside Tesco at 5am and flocking to the beach on a sunny day, take f*cking note.

Please.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation live from Downing St. this evening to announce further – and more extreme – measures to dramatically slow down the spread of COVID-19 across Britain.

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“From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction – you must stay at home”

In a pre-recorded statement, Mr Johnson said members of the British public should not leave the house except for shopping for essentials (food and medicines), exercising outdoors once per day (alone or with people you live with), to receive medical treatment or provide care and to travel to and from work if you cannot work from home.

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The PM also stressed that all gatherings of more than two people (aside from those you live with) in public are now banned. Social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies are also banned. Funerals, however, are still allowed to take place.

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The Prime Minister said:

“The coronavirus is the biggest threat this country has faced for decades – and this country is not alone. All over the world we are seeing the devastating impact of this invisible killer.”

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He added:

“And so tonight I want to update you on the latest steps we are taking to fight the disease and what you can do to help.”

He said that all non-essential shops, libraries, outdoor gyms and places of workshops will be forced to close:

“We will stop all gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with,” he said

“We’ll stop all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals.

“Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed.”

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During his television address, the PM stressed that these measures would be in place for at least three weeks:

“I know the damage that this disruption is doing and will do to people’s lives, to their businesses and to their jobs.”

“And that’s why we have produced a huge and unprecedented programme of support both for workers and for business.

“And I can assure you that we will keep these restrictions under constant review. We will look again in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows we are able to. “

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The PM finished his address by saying:

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“Each and every one of us is now obliged to join together.

“To halt the spread of this disease. To protect our NHS and to save many many thousands of lives.

“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.”

If Brits do not follow these new measures, police will have the powers to enforce them – either through fines, or by dispersing gatherings.

The new measures come as the NHS revealed that 46 more people have died from COVID-19 – the illness caused by coronavirus – in England in just 24 hours. This brings the total number of deaths in the UK to 335.

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During this difficult time, Boris is committing to daily live news conferences, to ensure the public is kept up to date regarding the latest measures being taken by his government in the ongoing fight against COVID-19. Today’s conference took place at 8.30pm, much later than previous conferences, as the PM was chairing a meeting of his emergency Cobra committee – confirming the latest nationwide measures, prior to speaking to the public.

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‘Cobra’ basically always means serious sh*t is afoot, and that’s certainly apparent following the measures outlined during tonight’s live broadcast.

Stay inside and please stay safe. 

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