Although Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on the people Monday night to stay at home as much as possible, London’s subways, the epicentre of the British corona outbreak, are still packed.
London Tube this morning. This is not social distancing, this is a dream come true for Coronavirus who will infect these people at Will & bring this infection into your family home this evening.
London Tube this morning. This is not social distancing, this is a dream come true for Coronavirus who will infect these people at Will & bring this infection into your family home this evening
The decision to shut 40 tube stations & put on less frequent trains is killing London pic.twitter.com/WNibvD6pjZ
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) March 24, 2020
London tubes remain packed on the first day of the UK's coronavirus lockdown pic.twitter.com/jGu0D4H92E
— The Independent (@Independent) March 24, 2020
London mayor Sadiq Khan has called on commuters to stop using the tube. The subways are now intended for people with vital occupations, such as healthcare workers. Drivers report that many construction workers are also still using the metro.
“There are too many employers who do not take this seriously,” Finn Brennan of the drivers’ union told the BBC.
According to Brennan, the government should therefore also close construction sites. Mayor Khan urges employers to let their staff work from home as much as possible. “Ignoring the rules means more people will die.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered all British people to stay at home on Monday and announced the closure of all ‘non-essential’ stores. Fines are imposed for violations.
“As of tonight, I have a very simple instruction for the British people: you must stay at home,” Johnson said in a television speech.
The only exceptions to that rule are grocery shopping, care for the needy, light exercise or medical reasons. Travel for work is only allowed if there is no other way.
Johnson also called on the British not to welcome people from outside the home at home. There is a ban on gathering on the street for groups of more than two people.