Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the UK is going into lockdown in a televised address to the nation last evening.
The PM made the announcement from 10 Downing Street amid widespread calls for tougher measures to slow the spread of Covid-19 / Coronavirus.
He ordered the immediate closure of all shops selling non-essentials items on Monday evening.
He told people to only leave the house to shop for basic necessities “as infrequently as possible” and to perform one form of exercise a day.
“If you don’t follow the rules the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.”
To ensure people follow the rules, Mr Johnson ordered the immediate closure of non-essential stores including those selling electronics and clothing.
All public gatherings of more than two people – other than those you live with – will be banned, the PM said.
Other premises being shuttered are libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship.
The UK coronavirus lockdown rules you must now comply with, or face police action, are as follows:
Coronavirus: Boris Johnson orders lockdown of the UK and orders people to stay at home
And, while parks will remain open for exercise, all social events including weddings and baptisms will be stopped.
Funerals, however, can continue.
Mr Johnson said the measures will be “under constant review” and will be considered for relaxation in three weeks’ time if the evidence allows.
Earlier in the day all Britons travelling abroad were told to return to the UK “while you still can”.
The Welsh Government has also announced the closure of all caravan parks, campsites and tourist hotspots after people flocked to Welsh landmarks on the weekend.
The First Minister will also take additional powers over licensing because some pubs didn’t close over the weekend.
The measures come after it was announced four more people have died after contracting the coronavirus in Wales.
There are now 418 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Wales and there have so far been 16 deaths.
But Dr Giri Shankar, Incident Director for the Covid-19 outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said the “the true number of cases is likely to be higher” as the virus continues to circulate in every part of Wales.
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