Recruit Sales in the UK - Covid 19 Bulletin- April 2020 Update

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Recruit Sales in the UK 

Covid 19 Bulletin in the UK

What they are saying:

The media in the UK is widely reporting on the current Covid 19 lockdown in the UK, and there are clear guidelines and social distancing measures in place for all citizens to follow. All with the stated aim of preventing the disease from spreading.

The lockdown measures are ongoing as at 28th April with Boris Johnson re-iterating upon his return to work on Monday 27th April 2020, (after having been struck down by the virus itself), the need for the UK to keep the measures in place, he was reluctant/unable to say when measures may be eased.

As of April 27, Public Health England data shows there have been 157,149 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK, with 21,092 deaths being recorded in hospitals.

In a televised address to the nation on March 23, prime minister Boris Johnson announced unprecedented limits on where and how people can meet and gather during the continuing coronavirus. The lockdown officially started the next day.

The measures introduced are some of the most draconian the UK has ever faced and have resulted in a huge shift in how people behave. “The critical thing we must do is stop the disease spreading between households,” Johnson said in his speech.

The lockdown rules have to be reviewed every three weeks by the government. The next review is due to be completed by May 7 

Legislation introduced to limit people's behaviour says people cannot leave their home without a "reasonable excuse".

There is no exhaustive definition of what a reasonable excuse is, but the government has advised there are four key reasons why people should leave their homes during the lockdown.

These are:

shopping for food and other necessities.
to exercise alone or with someone from the same household (the government recommends that happens only once per day).
for medical issues, including providing care to others; and
to travel to and from work. People should only go to work “where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home,”

Business Impact

A number of government initiatives have been put in place to support SMEs and large corporates who have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19). Inevitably the restrictions have significantly impacted most businesses and we will seek to highlight the key trends reported in our compilation news updates.

Compiled by SA in April 2020 from various news sources

*Please note the information contained herein is an aggregate of news stories, by commentators widely available - readers should seek independent verification, and this in no way represents the views or opinions of Standley Associates.

We will continue to check the news reports and will provide monthly summaries of the trends.