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In a live address to the nation, Mr Johnson said during this time of “national emergency” people should not leave their house unless it is for one of four key reasons. People are permitted to venture out if they are shopping for necessities, undertaking a form of exercise, which should be limited to once per day, travelling to and from work or for a medical need. The Prime Minister advised the public to only head out shopping for food and other essentials as infrequently as possible.

He also said only those who are carrying out absolutely necessary work which cannot be done from home should be going outside the home.
And he put a stop to weddings and baptism, though funerals will be allowed to go ahead.
Libraries and salons will be shuttered and shops selling clothes and electronics in a bid to crack down on unnecessary social outings.
Playgrounds and outdoor gyms will also be cordoned off while places of worship will be told to close.

Hotels will also be told to cease trading but some could be kept open for emergency purposes.

Mr Johnson also banned public gatherings of more than two people, except for those socialising with members of their household.

This rule will come into effect on Thursday.

Police will have new powers to fine people, with on the spot fines starting at £30 at the risk of being “ramped up” if the public are flouting the rules.

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But this morning Mr Johnson was facing calls for clarity on his drastic measures in the fight against coronavirus.

Police chiefs warned of phone lines being inundated with calls on Monday night with questions about what movements are still permitted, while MPs also called for answers.

Northamptonshire Police Chief Constable Nick Adderley warned the public not to “cripple our phone” lines with enquiries on the Prime Minister’s announcement.

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Lincolnshire Police warned of an “extremely high volume” of calls, and Humberside Chief Constable Lee Freeman said his force had received “a number of calls” on the subject which he said he was unable to answer.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “There now needs to be clear guidance to employers and workers about which workplaces should close – and the Government must close the loopholes to give security to all workers, including the self-employed, as well as renters and mortgage holders.”

Sports Direct came in for heavy criticism for keeping its stores open after the Prime Minister’s announcement.

Management justified the move on the basis that selling sporting and fitness equipment makes the company a vital asset during a national shutdown, according to an internal email.

Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery questioned the decision, tweeting: “Who on earth does Mike Ashley think he is?

“He’s prepared to endanger the life of his employees and the public at large.”

Mr Johnson said the measures will be “under constant review” and will be considered for relaxation in three weeks if the evidence allows.

His address came after politicians had piled pressure on him to enforce strict measures amid fears people were disregarding social distancing advice.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the measures that “amount to a lockdown” were “essential for the protection of all of us”.

Additonal reporting by Laura Mowat. 

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