9th April 2020
- The Prime Minister remains in intensive care, and is continuing to make steady progress.
- The Chancellor has announced a £750 million support package for charities. This extra funding will see £360 million directly allocated to charities providing key services (including up to £200 million for hospices), and £370 million pledged to support small and medium-sized charities. This package will benefit tens of thousands of charities, making sure they can continue supporting our NHS and local communities.
- The UK's top diagnostic and pharmaceutical companies are assisting in our mission to reach 100,000 tests for coronavirus per day.
From now on, you may only leave your home for the following purposes:
- To shop for basic necessities (food, medicine) as infrequently as possible and only where this can't be done online.
- For one form of exercise once per day - for example a walk or run. You should do this alone, or with a member of your household.
- For medical reasons, i.e. to provide care or help a vulnerable person.
- To travel to and from work, only if it is impossible for you to work from home.
The above are the only reasons that you should leave your home - to ensure that this is the case, the Government is taking steps including closing all shops selling non-essential goods, closing libraries, playgrounds and places of worship, dispersing all gatherings of more than two people in public, and stopping all social events including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies. These measures will be reviewed after 3 weeks, and will remain in place for as long as necessary to help us protect our NHS and vulnerable people from the effects of coronavirus.
If you or a member of your household develop the symptoms of coronavirus (a new persistent dry cough OR a temperature above 100F/ 37.8C) then you and every member of your household should remain at home at all times for 14 days. This means you cannot leave home to shop or exercise, and should arrange to have supplies delivered to your door.