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Coronavirus: New key measures

On Monday 16th March, Boris Johnson announced made a statement urging people to avoid unnecessary social contact, to work from home where possible, and to stay away from pubs and restaurants.

People in ‘at risk’ groups will be asked within days to stay home for 12 weeks.

17 March 2020

On Monday 16th March, Boris Johnson made a statement urging people to avoid unnecessary social contact, to work from home where possible, and to stay away from pubs and restaurants.

People in ‘at risk’ groups will be asked within days to stay home for 12 weeks.

The key new measures he announced included:

  • Individuals should avoid gatherings with friends and family, and large gatherings or public places such as pubs, clubs and theatres
  • People should avoid non-essential travel and work from home if they can
  • All “unnecessary” visits to friends and relatives in care homes should cease
  • People should only use the NHS where its essential, which can help to reduce the burden on workers by getting advice on the NHS website where possible
  • Those with the most serious health conditions must be “largely shielded from social contact for around 12 weeks”. This measure is likely to come into play during March
  • If one person in any household has a persistent cough or fever, everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days
  • People who are self-isolating should, if possible, avoid leaving the house “even to buy food or essentials” – but they may leave the house “for exercise and, in that case, at a safe distance from others”
  • Schools will not be closed for the moment

Read Boris Johnson’s full statement here.

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