24.03.2020 | UK on lockdown Boris launches unprecedented new coronavirus rules never seen in peacetime
Source - The Daily Express
The Prime Minister imposed the most draconian measures the UK has faced in peacetime as the death toll continued to rocket. Mr Johnson told the public the nation is facing a national emergency and they must stay at home to save lives.
Police will enforce the lockdown by breaking up groups and imposing fines of £30 upwards on people who flout the rules.
Speaking in Downing Street, the PM said the only valid reasons for venturing outside were to buy food, carry out essential work or for medical reasons.
One outdoor trip for exercise each day is also allowed but there should be no more than two people together in public, except for members of the same household.
All non-essential shops have been ordered to shut down, weddings cancelled and religious gatherings banned.
Mr Johnson said no Prime Minister wanted to impose such measures and insisted he understood the damage it is doing to people’s lives, businesses and jobs.
“And I can assure you that we will keep these restrictions under constant review,” he added. “We will look again in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows we are able to.”
“But at present there are just no easy options. The way ahead is hard, and it is still true that many lives will sadly be lost.
Mr Johnson insisted there was a “clear way through” and he believed the “people of this country will rise to that challenge”.
“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 save lives.”
Mr Johnson had issued a final warning to the nation on Sunday after crowds flocked to beaches and parks.
But Britons continued to gather outdoors yesterday (MON) and queue at shops. Tube carriages in London, the coronavirus hotspot, remained packed.
The PM chaired a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee at 5pm to discuss the lockdown after facing intense pressure to take tougher action.