Announcements by the Prime Minister on Monday 16th March 2020



Posted: 200316

Measures announced during the press meeting held by the Prime Minister with the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Advisor alongside on Monday 16th March 2020

Isolation - stay at home for anyone with symptoms of Covid-19

They should stay at home together with all other members of their household for 14 days. That is 7 days for the person with the symptoms and a further 7 days for the other members of the household to see if they develop any symptoms. Members of the household can exercise outside their house (avoiding social contact) but should avoid going out to shops to purchase food supplies. The measure is a voluntary request at present.

Avoid non-essential social contact and mass events - all members of society
Should stop non-essential contact and travel, avoid pubs, clubs, gyms, restaurants and other social locations. Increase social distancing (maintain spacing of a minimum of 2 metres). Should avoid mass gatherings. From Tuesday 17th March 2020 there will be no support at mass gatherings by the police or other public services. Advice is to maintain these measures for 12 weeks. The measure is a voluntary request at present.

Isolation - stay at home for anyone over the age of 70 or with a medical condition or pregnant
Avoid all unnecessary social contact of all kinds. Advice is to maintain these measures for 12 weeks. Members of the household can exercise outside their house, avoiding social contact. The measure is a firm but voluntary request at present.

Mass events
There were no statements requiring social venues like theatres and clubs to close but the measure recommending all members of society should avoid non-essential social contact and mass events suggested that in most cases organisers of such events would feel a prudent contribution to the aims of the Government's measures - saving lives, reducing the peak in cases and saving the NHS from a damaging burden of a very high level of serious cases - would be to close venues and cancel or postpone mass events as that would be a very desirable contribution.