Yesterday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued the UK a new order that the country has never seen before. 

Members of the public streamed Mr Johnson's live speech as he delivered the country's first ever lockdown. 

As the First Minister welcomed his calls, they insisted the measures would prevent further spreading of coronavirus and stop the NHS reaching brink of collapse throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The following rules came into force immediately last night

What you can do:

  • Leave your home to shop for basic necessities or medical need, Downing Street have said you should do this "as infrequently as possible" and use food delivery services "where you can"
  • Leave your home to care for a vulnerable person
  • Excercise outside once a day - including walk, run or cycle
  • Travel to and from work, but only if this is "absolutely necessary" and cannot be done from home
  • Attend a funeral if you are immediate family

What you can't do:

  • Attend public gatherings - people can only meet in groups of two unless you are in the company of people you live with
  • Attend any social events including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies 
  • Shop for non-essential goods

In enforcing these new restrictions, Police Scotland will be granted powers to issue fines and break up social-gatherings of more than two people. 

Boris Johnson also announced last night that all shops selling non-essential goods will be closed from today onwards. 

The Prime Minister outlined that although these measurements will be in place for three weeks, they could be extended depending on how the coronavirus spreads.