Strict new restrictions announced by UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson MP

On a day when unprecedented restrictions on our daily lives come in to force, we round up the Prime Minister's announcement.

Croydon BID is continuing to represent your views and your concerns as we all grapple with the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis and the impact it is having on local economies up and down the country.

We are pleased to provide our members and business community with a summary of the announcements following the Prime Minister’s daily press conference. We hope that you find it useful.  


In a declaration of a ‘national emergency’ Prime Minister Boris Johnson has shut down all non-essential shops amid a major clampdown on all social interaction as part of the country’s battle against COVID-19.

"No prime minister wants to enact measures like this," says Mr Johnson. "I know the damage that this disruption is doing and will do to people’s lives, to their businesses and to their jobs.

"And that’s why we have produced a huge and unprecedented programme of support both for workers and for business."

From tonight, people will be allowed to leave their homes for:

  • shopping for basic necessities, food or medicine and “as little as you can”.
  • one form of exercise a day
  • any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travel to and from work when “absolutely necessary”

Other restrictions include:

  • All shops selling non-essential goods, such as clothing and electronic stores, are ordered to close
  • Libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship are to close
  • All gatherings of more than two people in public - excluding people you live with - are banned
  • All social events, including weddings and baptisms are banned, but funerals are excluded.
  • Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed

Police have powers to enforce the rules, including through fines and dispersing gatherings. Restrictions will be “under constant review” and will be checked again in three weeks and will be relaxed “if the evidence shows we are able to.”

Following the announcement, Matthew Sims, Chief Executive at Croydon BID said: "For the safety of yourselves and the the safety of others including those emergency workers, we urge everyone not to make any non-essential trips into Croydon town centre at a time of national emergency.

My team will continue as they have always done to commit themselves in supporting you and your business during these challenging times. We are working side by side with the local authority and other partners to provide the immediate support and information businesses need, even if it just to sign-post at this time."

The latest Government guidance to businesses can be found here.

The latest Government announcements about business support can be found here.

There is also a dedicated Government Business Support page, which can be found here.

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