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.
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.