Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Britain Put On Lockdown For Three Weeks Amid Coronavirus "National Emergency"

Britain Put On Lockdown For Three Weeks Amid Coronavirus

Libraries, playgrounds and places of worship will also be closed.

Congress has already passed some legislation to blunt the economic toll of the pandemic that has killed at least 506 people in the United States and sickened more than 43,000, leading state governors to order almost a third of the nation's population to stay at home and threatening to throw millions out of work.

Boris Johnson will order police to enforce a strict coronavirus lockdown, with a ban on gatherings of more than two people and strict limits on exercise, as he told the British public: "You must stay at home".

"Starting tonight, I must give the British people a very simple instruction: You must stay home", Johnson said Monday night.

People may only leave home to exercise once a day, to travel to and from work where "absolutely necessary", to shop for essential items, and to fulfil any medical or care needs, reports the BBC.

"I can assure you that we will keep these restrictions under constant review".

Weddings, baptisms, and other ceremonies are being stopped, but funerals will continue to go ahead.

Fastfood chain McDonald's said it will close all 1,270 of its restaurants in the United Kingdom by Monday while Nando's has also said it has closed its approximately 400 restaurants in the United Kingdom "until further notice". All public assemblies of more than two people, excluding people who live together, will be banned, the prime minister said.

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As the numbers of cases and deaths climbed, employees were laid off, and sporting and other events cancelled, he moved to try to limit the social and economic fall-out.

Emergency legislation is being fast-tracked through Parliament to give government more power to close meeting places and detain people who are a danger to public health.

"You should not be meeting friends". First British Minister Boris Johnson said people should stay home, with gatherings of more than two people prohibited unless they are from the same home.

Following the PM's address, a spokesman for NHS Blood and Transplant said: "People can still donate blood".

"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".

Johnson said he understands the damage and disruption such restrictions will do to people's lives, jobs and businesses.

"And that's why we have produced a huge and unprecedented programme of support both for workers and for business". Community centres can remain open but only for the objective of "hosting essential voluntary or public services" such as food banks or service for homeless people, the guidance says.

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