Updated statements from the Prime Minister will appear on this page.
23 March 2020
Prime Minister’s (23/03/20) statement on the Coronavirus pandemic
From 23 March people must stay at home, except for the limited purposes:
- shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently 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, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and
- travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.
22 March 2020
Prime Minister’s (22/03/20) statement on the Coronavirus pandemic
- Everyone in the country thanked for the collective effort they are making.
- Special steps will be taken to protect the particularly vulnerable – around 1.5 million people.
- People urged not to send their children to school unless they are a key worker.
- People asked to follow the advice and stay 2m apart, even when outdoors.
To ensure compliance with the Government’s instruction to stay at home, all the below are closed from 23 March:
- All shops selling non-essential goods, including clothing and electronic stores and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship;
- All gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with;
- All social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals.
20 March 2020
Prime Minister's (20/3/20) statement on the Coronavirus pandemic
- Cafes, pubs, bars, restaurants to close on 20 March 2020
- They can continue to provide take-out services.
- Nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres to close on the same timescale
- Continue to social distance and wash hands frequently for 20 seconds
19 March 2020
Prime Minister's (19/3/20) statement on the Coronavirus pandemic
- Everyone should avoid socialising in the normal way
- about avoiding unnecessary contact
- Avoiding gatherings where you may pick up the disease
- pubs, bars, restaurants
- Please, please follow all that advice scrupulously
- Work from home if you possibly can
- Wash your hands
18 March 2020
Prime Minister’s (18/03/20) statement on the Coronavirus pandemic
- Everyone must follow the advice to protect themselves and their families, but also – more importantly, to protect the wider public.
- Stay at home for seven days if you think you have symptoms – a high temperature, a continuous new cough.
- Whole household to stay home for 14 days if one member in that household thinks he/she has symptoms.
- Avoid all unnecessary gatherings, pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants, theatres and so on and work from home if you can.
- Testing capacity will be ‘massively scaled up’ to 25,000 tests a day.
- A huge public information campaign is being rolled out so people get all the information they need.
- Schools will close from Friday afternoon (20 March) to the vast majority of pupils.
17 March 2020
Prime Minister's (17/03/20) statement on the Coronavirus pandemic
To summarise, the PM says:
- We must stop the disease spreading to a point where it overwhelms our NHS.
- We are doing all we can, as quickly as we can to increase the capacity of the NHS.
- We must do all we can to boost science and research.
- We must act like any wartime government and do whatever it takes to support our economy.
- We will need to strengthen other public services that will be under great pressure from the direct and indirect effects of the disease, such as the effects of staff shortages and from the economic pressures.