Coronavirus Update: U.K. Lockdown

As many of you will have seen, yesterday the Prime Minister addressed the nation to inform us of the current situation, and the measures to be implemented due to the Coronavirus. 

They are as follows, only leave your home if you are:

  • Shopping for basic necessities such as food and medicine. Shopping trips should be as infrequent as possible
  • One form of exercise a day such as a run, walk, or cycle. This should be done alone or only with people you live with 
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. This includes moving children under the age of 18 between their parents' homes, where applicable. Key workers or those with children identified as vulnerable can continue to take their children to school
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where work absolutely cannot be done from home

Businesses that do not need to close include:

  • Restaurants, cafes and work canteens - but only for food delivery and takeaway services
  • Supermarkets and other premises selling food, including market stalls
  • "Health shops" such as pharmacies
  • Petrol stations, garages and car rental businesses
  • Bicycle shops
  • Home and hardware shops
  • Launderettes and dry cleaners 
  • Pet shops
  • Corner shops, newsagents and post offices
  • Banks

Places that do need to close:
  • libraries, 
  • non-essential shops, 
  • playgrounds, 
  • outdoor gyms 
  •  places of worship
Parks will remain open for exercise but people are not allowed to gather in groups.
The government is stopping all social events, including:
  •  weddings, 
  • baptisms and other ceremonies - but funerals will be allowed.

Community centres can remain open but only for the purpose of "hosting essential voluntary or public services" such as food banks or service for homeless people, the guidance says.
Hotels, hostels, campsites and caravan parks must also close unless key workers need to stay there, or if other people staying there cannot return to their primary residence.

We hope everyone is doing well under the circumstances. Like our previous updates we will link any useful websites and information below. 
If anyone is vulnerable position or needs help do not hesitate to contact us, we will help arrange to get shopping and essential items for those affected or even just for a chat, our social media is linked here: twitterinstagram and facebook, or email us by clicking here.

We hope that everyone stays safe in this trying time.

NHS Website 

Public Health England 

Foreign Office 

Department of Health and Social Care

Department of Education 

Department of Work & Pensions