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coronavirus news and advice for Andover

Last night the Prime Minister confirmed everyone must stay at home for at least three weeks:

From today, people in Britain will be allowed to leave their homes for only “very limited purposes” –
shopping for basic necessities; for one form of exercise a day; for any medical need; and to travel to and from work when “absolutely necessary”.

People are warned not to meet friends or family members who they do not live with.

Shopping is only permitted for essentials like food and medicine, and people are advised to do it “as little as you can.”

▪️ Police have powers to enforce the rules, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

▪️ All shops selling non-essential goods, are ordered to close.

▪️ Libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship are to close.

▪️ All gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with – are banned.

▪️ All social events, including weddings and baptisms are banned. Funerals are not included in the new restrictions.

▪️ Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed.

▪️ Restrictions are under “constant review” and will be checked again in three weeks. They will be relaxed “if the evidence shows we are able to.”

Click here to read yesterday’s updated guidelines on business that must close.

Click here to read the rules on staying at home and away from others.

About the author

David Harber

David Harber is the founder and Managing Director of Love Andover, including the Love Andover Observer newspaper and 95.9FM Andover Radio. He is a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts and a card carrying member of the Nation Union of Journalists.