'UK lockdown may last upto 6 months'

The UK coronavirus public lockdown will last for up to six months.

According to Business Insider, police would fine £30 and and it will go up to a maximum of £1,000 for anyone refusing to comply.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the national lockdown in a statement to the nation on Monday evening following a weekend in which the UK public had flocked to some public spaces in record numbers despite official guidance urging them to stay at home.

The ban, which will last for an initial 3 weeks from Tuesday, is “highly likely” to be extended until May or June, according to the Sun Newspaper, with police forces being told to prepare for a lockdown lasting up to six months.

Under the new rules, British people will be barred from leaving their homes for anything other than the following “essential” activities.

To ensure that the lockdown is obeyed, Johnson also announced he would close all shops selling “nonessential goods,” as well as playgrounds, libraries, and places of worship.

He also announced ban on gatherings of more than two people in public, excluding those people who live together.

“Fines will reportedly begin at £30 but could rise to £1,000 for repeated infringement, under emergency legislation passed this week by the UK government.”