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Coronavirus: Disease Control

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 28th April 2020.

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Photo of Ellie Reeves Ellie Reeves Shadow Solicitor General

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to promote social distancing in response to the outbreak of covid-19.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Government has commissioned a marketing campaign to promote social distancing, including television adverts, posters and via the use of social media.

The Government has introduced three new measures:

- Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes;

- Closing certain businesses and venues; and

- Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public.

Every person in the United Kingdom must comply with these new measures, which came into effect on Monday 23 March. The relevant authorities, including the police, have been given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

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