New rules on staying at home and away from others

Every citizen must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them.

Every citizen must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings. The Government will look again at these measures in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

You should only leave the house for one of four reasons.

  • Shopping for basic necessities; food and medicine as infrequent as possible.
  • One form of exercise a day; a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

These four reasons are exceptions – you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household. These measures must be followed by everyone.

If you work in a critical sector or your child has been identified as vulnerable, you can continue to take your children to school.
Keyworker definitions can be found here.