The government introduced strict measures last week in its attempt to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak. It said that the “single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.
“When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the government has introduced three new measures.
- Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes.
- Closing certain businesses and venues.
- Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public.
“Every person in the UK must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, have been given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.”
To help people understand what these measures mean to them, the government has produced a page detailing frequently asked questions and their answers. Read more on this here.
*Correct as of 29 March, 2020