Published On: Mon, Mar 23rd, 2020

Martin Lewis update as Boris Johnson reveals UK lockdown in coronavirus crisis | Personal Finance | Finance

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a UK-lockdown is to take place, in an effort to reduce the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Following the announcement this evening, some people may wonder what it means for them and their finances – and Martin Lewis was on hand to offer some insight.

In a drastic escalation, the Prime Minister has announced that all shops selling non-essential goods will be shutdown during this lockdown.

Furthermore, Britons who leave their homes without a valid reason risk being fined, and gatherings of more than two people not of the same household in public have been banned.

Writing on Twitter, the Money Saving Expert founder gave some insight about what employees who can’t work from home can ask their employer to do.

He penned: “Employees Help update -pls share. If u have job to go to but can’t do it as you must be stuck at home as a) Due to self-isolation, inc 12wks, or b) you have to look after children.

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“You CAN ask your employer to furlough you – so govt pays 80 percent of your salary up to £2,500.”

This evening, Mr Johnson said that the government will look again at the measures in three weeks, and “relax them if the evidence shows we’re able to”.

He added: “The way ahead if hard, and it is still true that many lives will sadly be lost.”

The Prime Minister continued: “It is also true that there is a clear way through…”


“From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction – you must stay at home,” he said.

“Because the critical thing we must do is stop the disease spreading between households.

“That is why people will only be allowed to leave their home for the following very limited purposes – shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible, one form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household, any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.

“That’s all – these are the only reasons you should leave your home.

“You should not be meeting friends. If your friends ask you to meet, you should say No.”

The financial journalist wrote: “New UK #coronavirus rules. DON’T LEAVE HOME apart from

  1. Grocery shopping only if u must
  2. One exercise a day (alone or with household)
  3. Travel to / from work (if can’t work at home)


In a second tweet, he penned: “Addendum. Also leave for

  1. Medical need
  2. To care for vulnerable person.”

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