Two bits of news today for you to digest.
Firstly, the United Kingdom has been placed in a state of lockdown for the next three weeks (at least).
The restrictions are tight, as annouced by the Prime Minister
- People will be allowed to leave home for very limited purposes including
- Shopping for basic necessities – as little as possible, for essentials only. All other stores will be closed (online deliveries seem to be alive… for now).
- One form of exercise a day. Note that libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship are to close
- For any medical needs
- To travel to and from work when “absolutely necessary”
- People should not to meet friends or family members who they do not live with
- The Police have powers to enforce the rules, with powers disperse gatherings of two people or more. Social events such as weddings and baptisms are banned, whilst funerals are not.
- Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed
Meanwhile, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised British Citizens to return to the United Kingdom
The exact advice is as follows:
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises British people travelling abroad to return to the UK now, if commercial flights are still available. This advice was published on 23 March and takes effect immediately.
International travel is becoming very limited as air routes close, land borders close and new restrictions are put in place that prevent flights from leaving.
If you’re travelling abroad, you should:
- contact your airline or travel company now
- keep up-to-date with our travel advice pages. We are updating information on returning from the country you’re in as quickly as we can
We are working with airlines to keep routes open, and calling for international action to to keep routes open to enable British people can return home on commercial flights. We are also working around the clock to support those British travellers who are already finding difficulties to come back to the UK.
If you are a permanent resident overseas, you should stay and follow the advice of the local authorities in the country you live in.
For now, the instructions are clear – stay at home.
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