Remember to wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or while singing “Happy Birthday” twice)
Boris gives police powers to impose FINES for those disobeying new wave of restrictions
The Prime Minister last night (23 March) further tightened restrictions on Britons leaving their home to beat the coronavirus.
People will only be allowed to leave their home for the following very 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;
• travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.
These are the only reasons you should leave your home:
You should not be meeting friends.
You should not be meeting family members who do not live in your home.
You should not be going shopping except for essentials like food and medicine – and you should do this as little as you can. And use food delivery services where you can.
To ensure compliance with the Government’s instruction to stay at home, with immediate effect:
• all shops selling non-essential goods, including clothing and electronic stores, hairdressers and nail bars and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship will be closed;
• all gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with will be banned;
• also all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals, will be banned;
• the only shops allowed to open are supermarkets, pharmacies, food shops, petrol stations, corner shops, hardware stores, pet shops and newsagents;
• parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed.
Police can now fine anyone not complying £30, with the general public only allowed out to shop for basic supplies, take exercise once daily, care for the vulnerable or travel to and from work if absolutely necessary.
Please note the helpline to support those at risk
A new helpline number is now available to support the Island’s most vulnerable residents affected by the coronavirus (Covid-19) self-isolation measures.
People who do not have a local network of friends or family to support them while they are self-isolating or social distancing can call (01983) 823600 (seven days a week, 9am-5pm) for support.
The helpline has been put in place by the Isle of Wight Council in partnership with the Island’s voluntary networks, including Community Action Isle of Wight, Citizens Advice Isle of Wight and Age UK Isle of Wight, to support those who meet the coronavirus ‘vulnerable’ criteria.