The British Prime minister held an emergency COBRA meeting then did a t.v address to the nation started with Britons must stay at home and only leave the house under a small number of circumstances in order to help in the fight against COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Effective immediately, the government says you can go outside only for "very limited purposes" which included:- Shopping for basic necessities like food and medicine, with Downing Street saying you should do this "as infrequently as possible" and use food delivery services "where you can"
One form of exercise a day, such as a run, walk or cycle. This can be done alone or with members of your household.
Any medical need, to give care or to help a vulnerable person.
Travelling to and from work, but only if this is "absolutely necessary" and cannot be done from home.
These four reasons are exceptions, the government's latest guidance says."Even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2m (6.5ft) apart from anyone outside of your household."If you work in what the government has deemed a "critical sector", or your child has been identified as vulnerable, you can still take your children to school.
If your friends ask to meet you, you should say no
You should also not be meeting members of your family who do not live in your home.
All shops selling "non-essential" goods will be closed, as will a range of public spaces and venues.
Stores selling clothing and electronics
Hair, beauty and nail salons.
Libraries, community centres and youth centres
Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and sports courts
Places of worship
Outdoor and indoor markets, excluding food markets
Bowling alleys, arcades and soft play facilities
Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses for commercial/leisure use. This excludes permanent residents and key workers
Public gatherings of more than two people are also banned. There are two exceptions to this, according to the government's guidance:
Where the gathering is of a group of people who live together. For example, this means a parent can take their children to the shops if there is no option to leave them at home.
Where it is essential for work purposes. The guidance states that workers should try to minimise all meetings and other gatherings in the workplace
All social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, are also banned - but funerals can go ahead with immediate members of family in attendance.
Parks will stay open for exercise, but gatherings there will be dispersed.
Police will have powers to disperse gatherings, while anyone who is found not to be following the rules could be fined.
So everyone please keep to these guidelines and stay safe.
And yesterdays Prime Ministers briefing started with an update on support for self-employed getting help for groups such as builders, taxi drivers, hairdressers and childminders. However, the monthly cap for such workers is likely to be lower than the £2,500 promised to staff employees because many self-employed pay less tax.
The Queen is staying at Windsor Castle at present and held her weekly meeting with Boris Johnson by phone due to the Coronavirus, it's emerged that the Prince of Wales has coronavirus. The UK death toll from the virus rises to 463. A senior NHS official has warned that several hospitals in London will have to turn away coronavirus patients "within a few days" due to their critical care units being full. Scientific advice - is stay at home - unless absolutely necessary to go to a place of work - employer must apply the social distancing rules!! My Husband is one of the many self-employed workers who has had to down tools and stay at home as to help curb the spread of infection, so we all need to ad ear to the social distancing rules and get through this no matter how long it takes. Stay Safe.
Here is the latest briefings from the British government, Boris Johnson who was tested Positive for Covid-19 has become more poorly with the virus.
The UK-wide coronavirus lockdown will be reviewed after Easter following three weeks of national social distancing, the medical director of Public Health England has said. Speaking at the daily Downing Street press conference, Professor Yvonne Doyle said the Government was closely monitoring modelling on the spread of the virus and would undertake a review after April 12. Alok Sharma, the Business Secretary, said ministers had to be careful not to cause a "dangerous second peak" by ending measures too soon.
The briefing came as the coronavirus death toll rose by 563 to 2,352 in total, the biggest day-on-day increase in the country since the pandemic began. The Department for Health said 29,474 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK - an increase of 4,324 from yesterday.
Wimbledon was cancelled for first time since World War Two, while the cricket County Championship season is set to be scrapped.
Mr Johnson urged the public to follow the Government's guidelines on social distancing.
There have shipped just in the last couple of weeks 397 million pieces of personal protective equipment to look our NHS staff, and the Army reservists and others are doing a quite amazing job of shipping that stuff around the country.
Mr Johnson said the Government was "ramping up" tests, which he said was the way to "unlock the coronavirus puzzle" and "defeat it in the end".
"Although I am sequestered here in Number 10 Downing Street, I am due to the miracles of modern technology able to be in constant touch with my officials," he said.
Police have warned that suspects are using coronavirus as a weapon against officers, spitting at them during arrests and in custody.
The World Health Organisation announced global infection rates would hit one million in the next few days, with 50,000 deaths worldwide.
Please say safe everyone.
The British Prime minister was moved to hospital on Sunday after his symptoms worsened and last night he started having breathing problems and was moved to Intensive Care where late last night he was put on a CPAP machine to help him breath which is a machine they use for people with sleep apnoea. If he continues to worsen he will be changed over to a ventilator, the official word is that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is very sick and is being watched carefully.