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 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.
Following the PM's announcement this evening on the latest measures— Hampshire Police (@HantsPolice) March 23, 2020
to be introduced, we're working with govt & agencies to consider how these new rules can be most effectively enforced. Follow advice at https://t.co/hcEvQCavZi to help keep our lines free for emergencies.
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:
Please stay at home as far as possible and help stop the spread of #Covid19 #StayAtHomeSaveLives #Flattenthecurve #rdguk #rdg #coronavirus— ReadingCouncil (@ReadingCouncil) March 24, 2020
For full guidance visit https://t.co/Y1PSffFwiL pic.twitter.com/d45DhLEQKQ
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.
An extraordinary bill for extraordinary times. A different tone in today’s debate - robust yes, but also respectful, collegiate - because all MPs want to get this right & owe it to their constituents to work together to do so. pic.twitter.com/R8FsNL33rS— Laura Farris (@Laura__Farris) March 23, 2020
You can find a definitive list on the businesses that have to close under the new measures here.