BACUP & ROSSENDALE RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO STAY HOME AND NOT TO LEAVE THE HOUSE; AS GOVERNMENT ENFORCE UK WIDE RESTRICTIONS
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, gave a statement to the UK tonight announcing that there will be a UK wide, enforced lock-down. These measures are to try and prevent the spread of the virus and ultimately save lives.
The Prime Minister stated that these measures must be enforced as the UK public, over the past few days, have demonstrated an inability to follow government guidance. This comes after reports of people travelling around the UK and flocking to beaches and nature resorts en-masse.
The PM has declared this a national emergency and asked the nation to comply, to ensure the rapid growth of the coronavirus is stemmed and to ultimately save lives.
The Prime Minister made it clear that there was no other choice and that these measures had to be put into place; the rate and speed at which the virus is spreading, if not stopped, would cause the NHS system great strain and be unable to keep up with the demand the service would see.
Under the new orders people are only allowed to leave the house if:
- You are shopping for basic necessities – advice is to shop only when necessary and as infrequently as possible
- You are going outside to exercise – people are asked to do this a maximum of ONCE per day
- You have a medical need or provide care to a vulnerable person
- You are travelling to and from work, where this is absolutely necessary
Under these orders, the following will be banned:
- Meeting friends
- Meeting relatives you don’t live with
- All weddings, baptisms and ceremonies (excluding funerals)
- Anything gathering larger than TWO people
From today, all: libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms, places of worship and shops selling non-essential goods; will be ordered to close their doors.
This means that the vast majority of businesses will now be closed across the UK, the ones that remain open, such as supermarkets, pharmacies and other places, are considered as providing an ‘essential service’ to the public.
Key workers, including emergency service, NHS staff, care staff and some other select industries, will still be allowed out and to go to and from work. Outside of work hours, key workers are being asked to comply with the orders in place.
People who do not follow these orders are told that the police will be patrolling public areas and anyone not abiding by the rules, may be; fines, dispersed from the area or even detained.
These restrictions will be reviewed in three weeks time and daily updates will still be given on any developments with this pandemic.