Boris Johnson has tonight addressed the nation to mandate that all citizens stay at home, after too many people in the country ignored the government’s plea to social distance in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
From this evening, everyone in the UK is only allowed to leave their homes to shop for basic necessities as infrequently as possible, or to carry out one form of exercise a day, or for any medical reason, or to travel to and from work only if absolutely necessary.
While Johnson recommended that people should use food delivery services where they can, he did not specify whether the foodservice delivery services many restaurants have been turning to since they were ordered to shut down last Friday (20 March) could continue.
If this is the case, the entire UK hospitality industry has in effect been put on hold.
All shops selling non-essential goods will also be forced to close.
These unprecedented restrictions on the populace will be enforced by the police, who will be empowered to issue fines or disperse gatherings of more than two people.
Johnson detailed that the government will review these stringent measures in 3 weeks to see if they can be relaxed.