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.
The PM also stressed that all gatherings of more than two people (aside from those you live with) in public are now banned.
If you didn’t see it (although I’m sure you did) check it out below:
Despite the advice, though, Londoners are still packing onto the Underground, still going about their normal daily routine.
Carriages can be seen full – with a person on every seat as others stood shoulder to shoulder while holding onto handrails.
As images showed more crowding on the Tube network, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted: “I cannot say this more strongly: we must stop all non-essential use of public transport now.
“Employers: please support your staff to work from home unless it’s absolutely necessary. Ignoring these rules means more lives lost.”
A NHS nurse was just one to share a photo of a packed Tube this morning, saying: “This is my tube this morning. I live in zone 4 and work in a zone 1 hospital.
“I love my job, but now I’m risking my health just on the journey in?!
“@SadiqKhan put the tube service back to normal so we can all spread out, or @BorisJohnson start policing who’s getting on. Help me!”
Another commuter wrote:
“Being on the tube is making me feel uneasy it is too busy&there is no space for social distancing. @SadiqKhan and @BorisJohnson you need to go further.
“Monitor who is getting on the train and allow more services to run.
“I feel like I am risking my health trying to get to work.”
London’s Transport Commissioner, Mike Brown MVO, said: “The advice from Government is clear – people should now only be making journeys that are absolutely essential.
“We and our staff are doing everything we can to ensure that people who need to make essential journeys can continue to do so.
“To make sure we can do that there will be a number of changes to the services we provide, including suspending the Night Tube and Night Overground, suspending the Waterloo & City line and closing some stations to ensure we can staff key locations.”
Speaking about the issue to BBC Breakfast, Khan said: “One of the reasons why I’m pleased the Prime Minister made his announcement last night is because it’s provided clarity.
“I think the messages have been mixed and the public don’t appear to understand the importance of following the message ‘everyone should stay at home – full stop’.
“Unless you’ve got exceptional reasons to leave home, everyone should work from home. Unless it’s critical for you to go to work and if you’re going to work, the key thing is to make sure you understand what the rules are and why they’re there. They’re there to stop the virus spreading.
“My message again, not just to Londoners, but those who are maybe thinking about coming in to London because they work in London, is: don’t work from home unless you have a very good reason why you need to work, and if you’ve got to go to work for a very good reason, please don’t do so during rush hour.
“Public transport is running for essential workers to get to and from work from home because they can’t work from home.”
Stay at home wherever you can people.
Images via Twitter