Yesterday evening, the Prime Minister announced new measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the UK. From now on, you may only leave your home for the following purposes:

  • To shop for basic necessities (food, medicine) as infrequently as possible and only where this can't be done online
  • For one form of exercise once per day - for example a walk or run. You should do this alone, or with a member of your household. 
  • For medical reasons, i.e. to provide care or help a vulnerable person. 
  • To travel to and from work, only if it is impossible for you to work from home.

The above are the only reasons that you should leave your home - to ensure that this is the case, the Government is taking steps including closing all shops selling non-essential goods, closing libraries, playgrounds and places of worship, dispersing all gatherings of more than two people in public, and stopping all social events including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies. These measures will be reviewed after 3 weeks, and will remain in place for as long as necessary to help us protect our NHS and vulnerable people from the effects of coronavirus.

If you have received a letter from the government recently or will this week, it is because you are part of the 1.5 million people who are at extra risk of this disease and require shielding. You will receive information along with this letter, however for more information on how to shield yourself and those around you most at risk, please see the link below.

The instructions above are no longer government guidelines, but rules which have been put in place to ensure the UK suppresses the spread of the coronavirus. The police will have the power to fine those who are non-compliant, and disperse any social gathering of more than two people.

There are many different situations members of the public find themselves in during this 'lockdown'. Please see the main government website on COVID-19 and the below links for extra guidance and support on what your situation and this 'lockdown' means for you.

Please see here the government advice on how to protect the extremely vulnerable (shielding).

Please see here the government advice on staying at home if you think you have the coronavirus.