/How long is the UK on lockdown for?

How long is the UK on lockdown for?

BORIS Johnson announced on Monday, March 21, that all UK residents must stay at home to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The PM got tough with the public, urging them to stay indoors to save lives and protect the ailing National Health Service.

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 Boris Johnson ordered millions to stay inside amid the coronavirus outbreak


Boris Johnson ordered millions to stay inside amid the coronavirus outbreakCredit: PA:Press Association

Is the UK now on full lockdown?

Effectively – yes.

Boris Johnson stopped short of saying the word lockdown, but that’s pretty much what happened.

UK residents will only be allowed to leave their home for essential reasons and police have the power to enforce these new rules.

All non-essential shops were shut, public gatherings limited to a maximum of two people and weddings were asked to be cancelled.

What did Boris Johnson say in his speech last night?

The Prime Minister announced the new tough measures to keep people in their homes in the hope of saving lives and protecting the National Health Service.

He said: “Without a huge national effort to halt the growth of this virus, there will come a moment when no health service in the world could possibly cope; because there won’t be enough ventilators, enough intensive care beds, enough doctors and nurses.

“To put it simply, if too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the NHS will be unable to handle it – meaning more people are likely to die, not just from coronavirus but from other illnesses as well.

“So it’s vital to slow the spread of the disease. And that’s why we have been asking people to stay at home during this pandemic.

“From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction – you must stay at home.

“If you don’t follow the rules the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.”

How long could total lockdown last in the UK?

Johnson announced that these measures are in place for three weeks and they will be reviewed afterwards.

The length of the lockdown will depend on how the UK responds to the measures.

If coronavirus cases and deaths drop, the lockdown could be lifted when it’s next reviewed.


What are the new rules about leaving my house?

Residents are only now allowed to leave their homes for one of four essential reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
  • one form of exercise a day –  (a run, walk, or cycle) – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling to and from work, but only where absolutely necessary and this cannot be done from home

Johnson said: “You should not be meeting friends. If your friends ask you to meet, you should say No. You should not be meeting family members who do not live in your home.

“You should not be going shopping except for essentials like food and medicine – and you should do this as little as you can. And use food delivery services where you can.

“If you don’t follow the rules the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.”


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What other measures can Boris Johnson introduce?

The PM has ordered the closure of all non-essential shops, but he can ask businesses to do the same as well and stop people from going to work.

Public transport also remains open to help key workers such as doctors and nurses but parts of this could be closed as well in future.

How do we compare to other countries?

Spain, Italy and France have been in national lockdown for a lot longer than the United Kingdom with those three countries badly affected by coronavirus.

Italy has now banned all movement inside their country and closed non-essential businesses as the spread of coronavirus continues.

This comes after 793 people died in the country on Saturday, March 21, and 651 more the following day in a frightening weekend.


France went into lockdown on March 17 with police currently patrolling the streets to ensure people only leave their homes for essential reasons.

Spain is in a state of emergency and plans to extend that for another 15 days.

There are tough restrictions in place in badly-effected areas such as Madrid with all educational institutions forced to close.

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