Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new measures to tackle the coronavirus outbreak Monday night.
Mr Johnson announced that people will only be allowed to leave their homes for the following purposes:
- travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.
- one form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household;
- shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
- any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
Also announced was a ban on public gatherings of two or more people who do not live together.
Shops selling non-essential goods such as clothing and electronic stores will be ordered to close along with playgrounds and places of worship.
The new measures came after the Foreign Secretary called upon all British tourists and short-stay travellers currently abroad to return the UK where commercial flight options are still available.
Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, said:
“We are strongly urging UK travellers overseas to return home now where and while there are still commercial routes to do so.
Around the world, more airlines are suspending flights and more airports are closing, some without any notice.”
On Sunday, several retailers including Costa Coffee,McDonalds, Nando’s and Greggs announced the closure of all stores.