Despite Restrictions, There is Still a lot of Traffic in the London Underground
The stringent new measures by which the British government wants to prevent the spread of the coronavirus have led to confusion on Tuesday.
Tube trains in London were still full, and police said the police received a lot of questions from people who wanted to know what exactly is allowed.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had informed his countrymen on Monday evening that their freedom of movement will be restricted in the coming weeks. More than 27 million people watched the speech in which he ordered the population to stay at home.
In this way, care must be taken to prevent healthcare from becoming overloaded by the growing number of corona patients.
According to Johnson, the British can only leave home to work if this is ” necessary” and working from home is not an option. People can also go out, for example, to buy food or if they have medical reasons. There seems to be a lot of support among the population for this approach. A YouGov poll found that 93 percent of Britons support the measures.
Still, images of major crowds in the metro surfaced on social media on Tuesday. People were close together there. Health Minister Matt Hancock called on citizens to comply with the rules. “The measures are not advice. They are rules and are enforced, including by the police,” he warned.
The opposition complains that the government itself is to blame for the confusion. “The government urgently needs to come up with clearer guidelines on who can and cannot work,” said Rebecca Long-Bailey of the left-wing Labor party. “Nobody should be asked to come to work if they do not play a vital role in this crisis.”