What is Lockdown?

What is Lockdown?

What are the UK rules regarding leaving your home?

The government has ordered a lockdown on all residents of the United Kingdom. Other countries that have ordered lockdowns include India, China, United States, Italy, France, Columbia, Malaysia, and the European Union. First, let’s discuss what lockdown means.

According to Wikipedia, a lockdown is an emergency protocol that usually prevents people or information from leaving an area. Usually, someone in a position of authority will activate the protocol normally. Using a lockdown can protect people within a facility. Laboratories implement these protocols to protect people from contamination when accidents occur. A full lockdown usually means that people much stay where they are and may not enter or exit a building or rooms within said building.


Lockdown the Covid-19 Pandemic

Lockdown has been synonymous with the Covid-19 pandemic in relation to mass quarantines. Lockdowns can limit movements or activities in a community, or in this case a country while allowing most organizations to function normally, or limit movements or activities such that only organizations supplying basic needs and services can function normally.

This guideline published by the government outlines when you are able to leave your home.

  1. Shopping for necessities, for example, food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
  2. One form of exercise a day, for example, a run, walk, or cycle-alone or only with members of your household.
  3. Any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape the risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or help to a vulnerable person.
  4. Traveling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.

If you have medical appointments but your GP practices may postpone non-urgent health checks or routine appointments.

Exercising Your Covid-19 Rights

Looking after a horse or walking your dog is permissible as long as you are alone, or accompanied by a member of your household. When you do go out to walk a dog or care for your horse you must minimize the time you are out of your home and stay at least 2 meters (6 feet) away from anyone else that is not from your household.

If you cannot work from home then you can travel to work. Certain jobs require people to travel to their place of work – for instance, if they operate machinery, work in construction or manufacturing, or are delivering front line services such as trains and or bus drivers. You should discuss with your employer the work arrangements and how work will be facilitated for each employee.

The Chief Medical Officer has advised that if you cannot work from home then you can still travel to work. Critical workers are those who can still take their children to school or childcare. If you are not a critical worker, you may still travel to work provided you cannot work from home.

The government is not saying only people doing “essential” work can go to work. Those that cannot work from home can still go to work.

Covid-19 Visitation Rights

You should not meet up with friends unless they live in the same house as you. Utilise phones or video calls to stay in touch with your friends and family while you are on lockdown.

Visiting elderly relatives that do not live with you is forbidden. You may provide support for elderly or vulnerable people but this does not include social visits. You should only help others if you are not having any symptoms of COVID-19, you are under 70, are not pregnant and you have no long-term health conditions that make a vulnerable person.

If you are moving you should try and delay where possible. In some cases, this will not be allowed for contractual reasons and if this is the case you should still follow the guidelines as much as possible to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Exercising at the park is permissible as long as you follow strict guidelines. You must go alone, or with a member of your household. Only one visit per day is acceptable. Any and all playground equipment, sports courts, or communal areas are off-limits at all times. This is to protect everyone’s health in the local community. As in all cases make sure to keep social-distancing from others around you.

Do not travel unnecessarily. It is advisable to stay within your local community and use open spaces near your home where ever possible. When going outdoors, you must use social distancing at all times.

Covid-19 Breaking the Rules!

Breaking the rules could see you facing fines or imprisonment. Fines start at £60 but will be reduced is paid within 14 days. Second-time offenders will receive a penalty of £120 and will double for every offense thereafter. Magistrates have the power to impose unlimited fines for those that do not pay their fine. Leaving your home and flaunting the rules could see you sent home, arrested or worse still. Children who break the rule will have their parents issued with instructions on how to stop your child from breaking the rules.

The government has only imposed a lockdown to try and safeguard the citizens and their health. They are trying to do what is called lowering the curve, which refers to the spread of the disease. Once people realize that staying home will alt the spread of the virus the sooner that we can return to normality. There are many unknown factors regarding this disease. With so little being known about it, it is best to be safe instead of sorry.

Recently someone said, “We can never be sure if we did too much but we can be certain if we did too little”. Another thought comes to mind that most of us have heard at one point or time. “It is better to be safe than sorry”.

Stay in and follow the guidelines for everyone’s sake. So we do not have a compulsory lockdown!

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