The current situation surrounding Coronavirus in the UK is incredibly fast moving and new measures are being introduced daily. The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), drawing on a huge range of experts and evidence, has been providing the UK government with advice based on the most up to date scientific findings. This is shaping when, how and why the government has made the interventions it has so far. These include all households being asked to stay at home and avoid non-essential travel, except for key workers that are required to travel for their job. Social distancing measures have been introduced to reduce social interaction between people, and shielding has been introduced for extremely vulnerable people where they are being asked to stay at home at all times and avoid face to face contact for the next 12 weeks. Schools are now closed (except some to look after the children of key workers), and there have been the closures of all pubs, bars and restaurants, as well as other venues such as theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres. For now, parks remain open in order to enable people to go out for exercise and help with their mental wellbeing.
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