Health Secretary Matt Hancock issued a warning to Britons flouting the coronavirus advice. During the Sunday briefing, he insisted that leaving the home unnecessarily was putting people in danger of catching coronavirus. Mr Hancock explained the Government included exercise as a reason to leave the home because of the mental and physical benefits and the coronavirus rules should not be bent or broken.
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He added the Government is not ruling out implementing more stringent measures if people continue to leave the homes unnecessarily due to the warmer weather.
He said: “I understand that people are yearning to know how long this will all last.
“The answer is entirely dependent on how much people follow the rules on social distancing.
“Following these rules is mission-critical if we are to protect the NHS, slow the spread, and give the NHS time to expand capacity and save lives.
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“The more people follow the rules, the faster we will all be through this.”
Mr Hancock also addressed the issue of people leaving their homes unnecessarily during the warm weather over the weekend.
He said: “I say this to the small minority of people who are breaking the rules or pushing the boundaries.
“You are risking your own life and the lives of others and you are making it harder for us all.”
The Health Secretary also went into greater detail of why the Government included exercise as one of the acceptable reasons to leave the home.
He continued: “We have included exercise as one of the things you can leave your home to do because exercise is good for our physical and mental health.
“But please do not bend or break this rule.
“We can’t rule out further steps but I don’t want anyone to think that changes to the social distancing rules are imminent.
“This is because the vast majority are following the rules.
“To you at home and all those that are following the rules I want to say thank you on behalf of us all.”
“I especially want to say thank you on behalf of all of the doctors, nurses and colleagues who put their lives on the line to care for you in the NHS.”