Prime Minister Boris Johnson

“You must stay at home” UK public told

Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Tough new measures to tackle coronavirus.

Gatherings of more than two people are banned, shops ordered to close and social events stopped as part of rules to keep Britons at home and stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“Good evening. The coronavirus is the biggest threat this country has faced for a decade  and this country is not alone. All over the world we are seeing the  And so tonight I want to update you on the latest steps we are taking to flight the disease and what you can do to help.

Without a huge national effort to halt the growth of this virus, there will come a moment when no health service in the world could possibly cope because there won’t be enough intensive care beds, enough doctors and nurses.

And as we have seen elsewhere, in other countries that also have fantastic health care systems, that is the moment of real danger.

To put it simply, if too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the NHS will be unable to handle it- meaning more people are likely to die, not just from coronavirus but from other illness as well.


So it’s vital to slow the spread of the disease.

Because that is the way we reduce the number of people needing hospital treatment at any one time, so we can protect the NHS’s ability to cope – and save more lives.

And that’s why we have been asking people to stay at home during this pandemic.

And that’s why we have been asking people to stay at home during this pandemic.

And though huge numbers are complying and I thank you all the time has ow come for us all to do more.

From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction – you must stay at home.

Because the critical thing we must do is stop the disease spreading between households.

That is why 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 –n for example a run, walk or cycle – along or with members of your household.

Any medical need to provide care or to help a vulnerable person and  cannot be done from home.

That is all –m 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 going shopping except fro 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.

To ensure compliance with the government’s instruction to stay at home. We will  immediately

Close all shops selling non-essential goods. Including clothing and electronic stores and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship.

We will stop all gatherings of more than two people in  public – excluding people you live with.

And we’ll stop all social events including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies but excluding funerals.

Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed.

I know how the damage that this disruption is doing and will do to people’s lives, to their businesses and to their jobs.


And that is why we have produced a huge and unprecedented programme of support both for workers  and for business.

And I can assure you that we will keep these restrictions under constant reviw. We will look  again in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows we are able to .

Day by day we are strengthening our amazing NHS with 7,500 former clinicians now coming back to the service.

With the time you buy – by simply staying at home – we are increasing our stocks of equipment.

We are accelerating our search for treatments. We are pioneering work on a vaccine.

‘Halt the disease’

And we are buying millions of testing kits that will enable us to turn the tide on this invisible killer.

I want to thank everyone who is working flat out to beat the virus. Everyone from the supermarket staff to the transport workers to the carers to the nurses and doctors on the frontline.

But in this fight we can be in no doubt that each and every one of us is directly enlisted. Each and every one of us is now obliged to join together.

To halt the spread of this disease. To protect our NHS and to save many many thousands of lives.

And I know that as they have in the past so many times, the people of this country will rise to that challenge and we will come through it stronger than ever.

We will beat the coronavirus and we will beat it together and therefore I urge you at this moment of national emergency to stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives.

Thank you.”