The British corona virus will be publicly blocked for up to six months and will be monitored with fines ranging from GBP 30 to a maximum of GBP 1,000 for those who refuse to comply.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the national ban in a statement to the nation on Monday evening after a weekend when the British public poured into record numbers of public spaces despite official orders to stay at home.
The ban, which will initially last three weeks from Tuesday, is "most likely" to be extended to May or June the sun newspaperThe police are instructed to prepare for a ban Duration up to six months, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The new rules prohibit the British from leaving their homes for activities other than the following "essential" activities.
- Shop as rarely as possible for basic needs.
- One form of exercise per day – such as running, walking, or cycling – alone or with members of your household.
- Any medical need to care for or help a vulnerable person.
- Travel to and from work, but only where it is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.
To ensure that the block is respected, Johnson also announced that he would close all shops that sell "non-essential goods", as well as playgrounds, libraries, and places of worship.
He also announced:
- A ban on gatherings of more than two people in public, excluding people living together.
- A ban on "weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but without funerals".
The police will enforce the new rules with fines against those who refuse to comply.
The fines are reported to start at £ 30 but could rise to £ 1,000 due to repeated violations. This emerges from the emergency laws passed by the UK government this week.
The prime minister said all personal social interactions must be stopped to fight the virus.
"You shouldn't meet up with friends," he said. "If your friends ask you to meet you, you should say" No ". You shouldn't meet family members who don't live in your house."
Johnson's decision followed a weekend when pictures of Britons who defied his government's advice to stay at home were widely circulated on social media and the UK press.
See Boris Johnson announce a complete blockade of the British corona virus
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Johnson's political opponents cautiously welcomed Monday night's announcement.
Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "The Prime Minister is right to call for people to stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives. This is the correct answer to the coronavirus pandemic that we have called for.
"There must now be clear guidance for employers and workers on which jobs to close – and the government needs to fill the gaps to provide security for all workers, including the self-employed, as well as tenants and mortgage holders.
"We welcome these steps and will work to ensure that everyone has the protection and security they need."
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