The UK has gone into full coronavirus lockdown with the public banned from leaving the home for all but essential reasons.

The decision, which came into force from Monday evening, will dramatically change the lives of millions of British people.

Under the new rules, British people will only be allowed to leave home for the following 'essential' reasons.

Shopping for food and medicine

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Exercise

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Medical trips or caring for others

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Essential work

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All nonessential shops and premises will be closed

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  • Nonessential retail stores such as clothing and electronics stores, hair, beauty and nail salons, outdoor and indoor markets.
  • Libraries, community centres, and youth centres.
  • Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, arcades and soft play facilities.
  • Communal places within parks, such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms.
  • Places of worship, except for funerals attended by immediate families.
  • Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses for commercial/leisure use (excluding permanent residents and key workers).

Public gatherings will be stopped

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This applies with just two exceptions:

  • 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.topping social events, including weddings, baptisms and other religious ceremonies.

The Government will also stop social events such as weddings, baptisms and other religious ceremonies. Funerals will still be allowed but only to be attended by immediate family members.

How will the rules be enforced?

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They will be given the powers to disperse gatherings and impose fines on anyone who refuses to comply.

How long will the lockdown last?

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