Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced lockdown-style measures in the UK to tackle the Covid-19 crisis.
From this evening people must stay at home and only leave for “very limited purposes”.
These purposes include shopping for basic necessities, one form of exercise a day, medical need, and to travel to and from work (only for essential workers.)
People are under no circumstances allowed to socialise with others outside of members of their household.
All social events – including weddings and baptisms – are banned and gatherings of more than two people are not permitted.
Funerals are not included in these restrictions, however only close family are allowed to attend.
— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) March 23, 2020
Salford has now reported to have 23 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, with the possibility of more being undiagnosed.
Police have been given powers to enforce these new rules through fines and dispersing gatherings.
All shops that stock non-essentials, such as clothing and electronics, are ordered to shut.
The public is urged to shop for essentials as infrequently as possible, and to use food delivery services where possible.
All schools, colleges and universities in Salford have been closed amid this pandemic, with no indication of when they will be reopened.
Salford is home to 254,408 people and 8,700 businesses, employing 127,000 people.
On Friday 20th March, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced that all self employed people can access Universal Credit at a rate equivalent to Statutory sick pay for employees, and the standard allowance will rise by £1,000 over the next 12 months.
The business loans that were previously announced will be available from Monday 23 March and will now be interest free for 12 months, previously 6 months.
This decision has been commended by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The Prime Minister is right to call for people to stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives. pic.twitter.com/Bio9dKqj5A
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) March 23, 2020
These restrictions will be under constant review and will be re-assessed in three weeks. However, they will be relaxed “if the evidence shows we are able to”
The Prime Minister pushed in his address that: “We will beat the coronavirus and we will beat it together.”
“I urge you to stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives”
To find out more about Covid-19, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/