Breaking: Boris Johnson announces total UK lockdown to tackle coronavirus | LBC

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Published on 23 Mar 2020, 20:31
The Prime Minister announced a series of strict measures that are designed to limit the spread of the disease, similar to those already in place in cities across Europe.

In a televised address to the nation from Downing Street, Mr Johnson said that Brits "must stay at home" and that the new rules will last for at least the next three weeks.

He also said police will be given powers to enforce a raft of new measures, including through fines and dispersing crowds.

People can only leave their homes for the following reasons:
- 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
- Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.
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The following measures will be enforced
- All shops selling non-essential goods,​ including clothing and electronic stores will be closed
- Libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship will be closed
- Gatherings of more than two people in public banned – excluding people you live with
- All social events​, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies banned, but funerals are allowed

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