Non-esessential businesses are forced to close
25 March 2020
As coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread, the Prime Minister announced on 23rd March 2020 that the UK was to go into ‘lockdown’ for at least the next three weeks, effective immediately.
The lockdown features a variety of measures intended to keep UK citizens indoors as much as possible, reduce person-to-person contact and help slow the spread of COVID-19. Review the following guidance for an outline of the reasoning behind the lockdown and lockdown standards.
The lockdown will last for at least three weeks. After this time, the government will reassess the lockdown standards based on COVID-19 case data.
Why Lockdown and why now?
By 23 March, the UK had over 6,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with the disease contributing to over 300 deaths. These numbers—which represent an exponential growth in total cases over the past few weeks—have given health professionals reason to believe that government action is necessary to slow the spread of this disease.
By issuing a lockdown, the government is aiming to severely limit physical interaction between UK citizens, thus containing the number of COVID-19 cases and keeping the NHS from becoming overwhelmed by the pandemic. This initiative is known as ‘flattening the curve,’ and is being implemented in countries across the globe.