The Government has said that every citizen must comply with the following new measures:
- Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
- Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
- Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public
The Government will be ensuring the police and other relevant authorities have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings where people do not comply.
The Government will reassess the measures in 3 weeks, relax them if the evidence suggest this is possible.
1. Stay at home
You should only leave the house for one of four reasons:
- Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
- One form of exercise a day, for example 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.
Even when doing these activities (exceptions), you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
What about taking my children to school?
f you work in a critical sector, or your child has been identified as vulnerable, you can continue to take your children to school. Where parents do not live in the same household, children under 18 can be moved between their parents’ homes
How do I get help with food and medicine?
From Tuesday 24 March, Richmond Council (LBRuT are launching a new helpline as a first response for residents, particularly those elderly and/or vulnerable without support networks, who need support to access medical/care services and food supplies.
0208 871 6555 or
2. Closing non-essential shops and public places
Last week, the Government ordered certain businesses - including pubs, cinemas and theatres - to close. The Government is now extending this requirement to a further set of businesses and other venues, including all non-essential retail stores, indoor/outdoor leisure facilities, libraries, community centres, places of worship and hostels/hotels and B&Bs.
A full list and the exceptions can be here.
3. Stopping public gatherings
To make sure people are staying at home and apart from each other, the Government is also stopping all public gatherings of more than two people.
There are only two exceptions to this rule:
- where the gathering is of a group of people who live together - this means that a parent can, for example, take their children to the shops if there is no option to leave them at home.
- where the gathering is essential for work purposes - but workers should be trying to minimise all meetings and other gatherings in the workplace.
In addition, the Government is stopping social events, including weddings, baptisms and other religious ceremonies. This will exclude funerals, which can be attended by immediate family.
Hand washing and respiratory hygiene
Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Other places for information:
- NHS coronavirus information
- GOV.UK coronavirus: what you need to do
- London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames health protection information on Coronavirus
- London Borough of Richmond upon Thames- coronavirus community hub
- World Health Organization: coronavirus myth busters
- GOV.UK foreign travel advice
If you have any further questions or concerns you can contact us by the details below and we will work to find you an answer.