The Prime Minister’s new measures to combat Coronavirus have been introduced. In a televised statement to the nation he stated that the NHS would not be able to handle it if too many people become unwell at the same time.
He addressed the nation last night stating that ‘… we have been asking people to stay at home during this pandemic. 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.”
The Prime Minister’s new measures now mean that shops selling non-essential goods have been told to shut and Gatherings of more than two people who don’t live together are not permitted.
Prime Minister’s new measures
A constituent who is not a key worker sent me this photo this morning. He is being forced to work by his employer. This was his tube journey. I've asked Government to consider prosecuting irresponsible employers taking risks with other people's lives and our NHS. pic.twitter.com/cKfXWOZILw— Neil Coyle (@coyleneil) March 23, 2020
The UK public has also been advised that from now on they should be only going out for:
- no other outings other than to shop. Shopping only for bare necessities and doing so as infrequently as possible.
- one form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household;
- any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and
- travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.
New Police powers
The police has been given new emergency powers to enable enforcement of the above measures. Should members of the public not follow these rules then they can be fined, have their gatherings dispersed or be forced to shut their non-essential stores.
The new police powers comes as Mike Ashley, owner of Sports Direct has defied Government advice, requesting that factory employees go to work even though their stores are closed to members of the public. In an internal email to employees the company wrote “‘we will not open our Sports Direct or Evans Stores to the public. ‘Please continue to head into work as we have been instructed last night’.
At present time only Key Workers are permitted to be travelling for work. Sports Direct employees are not classed as such.