Can I see one other friend after Boris Johnson banned gatherings of more than two?

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The Prime Minister yesterday announced a string of new serious measures in a desperate bid to battle the coronavirus crisis.

Boris ruled out going to see friends

This included ruling out all social gatherings, even if it’s just to meet one person.

Speaking yesterday, the PM explained people should not leave home unless it was necessary.

He said: “You should not be meeting friends. If your friends ask you to meet, you should say no.

“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.

“If you don’t follow the rules the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.”

The only reasons to leave your house at all are to go shopping for food or medicine, exercise, medical appointments, or travelling as an essential worker.

Despite two people being revealed as the limit, the emergency laws still mean the public cannot meet up to socialise anyway.

The draconian measures which will change every aspect of Brits’ lives included:

  • All gatherings of more than two people in public were forbidden – meaning a ban on all social events, including weddings and baptisms
  • Tens of thousands of non-essential shops were ordered to close
  • Communal play and exercise areas inside parks will also be shut down, but not parks themselves
  • Places of worship such as churches and mosques must also shut, except to host for funerals

No10 said today: “I think the rules are clear in relation to when you are out of the house, only do so with members of your own household or its for work reasons.

“People should follow rules in a common sense way.

“I think people should look at guidelines and use their common sense.

“We are working at pace and as people raise issues we will get clarity for them.”

Downing Street aides said it is highly likely to be extended into May and possibly June unless virus  fatalities substantially fall.

The police are being given emergency new powers to enforce the draconian bans, initially with on the spot fines of £30.

Cops will begin issuing them to non-compliers as soon as new laws can be rushed through the Commons, probably by Thursday night.

 

 

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