Published On: Mon, Mar 23rd, 2020

Coronavirus lockdown: Britons banned from seeing family members who live in other homes | UK | News

Boris Johnson has put Britain on lockdown for three weeks after his pleas for the country to stay at home were ignored. The Prime Minister imposed the most draconian measures the UK has faced in peacetime as the coronavirus death toll continued to rocket. He told the public that they would not even be permitted to visit family members if they lived in different homes.

Mr Johnson said: “People will only be allowed to leave their home for the following very limited purposes – shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible, one form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household, any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.

“That’s all – these are the only reasons you should leave your home.

“You should not be meeting friends. If your friends ask you to meet, you should say No.

“You should not be meeting family members who do not live in your home.”

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He continued: “You should not be going shopping except for essentials like food and medicine — and you should do this as little as you can. And use food delivery services where you can. 

“If you don’t follow the rules the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

“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 had issued a final warning to the nation on Sunday after crowds flocked to beaches and parks.

But Britons continued to gather outdoors yesterday 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.

The new measures were imposed as the number of people with the Covid 19 virus who have died in the UK reached 335.

NHS England recorded another 46 deaths, with patients ranging in age from 47 to 105 years old. All had underlying health conditions.  Scotland and Wales both reported four more deaths.

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