COVID-19: Now is the time to forget about your Allotment?


“Without a huge national effort to halt the growth of this virus, there will come a moment when no health service in the world could possibly cope; because there won’t be enough ventilators, enough intensive care beds, enough doctors and nurses. So it’s vital to slow the spread of the disease. From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction – you must stay at home. Because the critical thing we must do is stop the disease spreading between households.”
– Prime Minister Boris Johnson

On Monday 23 March at 8:30pm Prime Minister Boris Johnson make a televised address to the nation to outline the latest plans to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

– All gatherings of more than two people in public are 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
– You must stay at home
– Only leave home for shopping
– Have 1 form of exercise per day – please also read
– Use Food delivery services
– Medical needs to provide care
– Travel on roads, trains and buses was also banned, unless it’s essential to get to work
– Anyone breaking the rules will be fined at least £30

Boris Johnson has said that from this evening police will have the power disperse some gatherings of more than two people and fine anyone who leaves their home for non-essential purposes.

“We will immediately close all shops selling non-essential goods, including clothing and electronic stores and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship. We will stop all gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with and we’ll stop all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals. ”
– Prime Minister Boris Johnson


The Prime Minister said that these new laws will be introduced immediately and reviewed in 3 weeks.

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  1. So does the allotment count as exercise and our ability to get supplies?

  2. Hi, Thankyou for this video. I am eager to know if visiting the allotment whilst respecting social distancing constitute a breach or not. I use the allotment to grow food which means less need to visit the supermarket.

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