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Reaction to new coronavirus restrictions in the South East of England.

Picture credits: Boris Johnson

Emergency services, MPs and organisations have given their reaction to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement last night (23/03/20).

The Prime Minister confirmed greater restrictions across the UK to help combat the spread of coronavirus:

These new measures include:

  • Shops selling 'non-essential goods' closing with immediate effect
  • Gatherings of more than two people (excluding those who live together) being banned
  • People being able to leave home for just one form of exercise a day

We've compiled this article to provide reaction in the east to the news:

Emergency services:

Emergency services across the south east of England have reacted to the new Coronavirus Bill as they aim to allay fears of the general public.

Hampshire Police have tweeted to say how the new measures can be be enforced.


Local, county and district councils have also reacted to the news, highlighting the importance of adhering to the governments new restrictions. These include statements on stressing the need for their local residents to stay home, as well as the closure of some parks, open spaces and recycling centres:


Local MPs have also reacted to Mr Johnson's announcement with Reading West MP Alok Sharma encouraging those in need of full guidance on the measure to check the government's website - which you can do here. While, Newbury MP Laura Farris described the Coronavirus Bill as an 'extraordinary' one.

You can find a definitive list on the businesses that have to close under the new measures here.

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