Online shopping to continue despite coronavirus shutdown of shops

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the shutdown of non-essential shops in his address to the nation last night.

But despite the UK shutdown, online shopping and deliveries will continue to run amid the strict rules which the government is taking to limit the spread of COVID-19.

In his address to the nation, Boris Johnson highlighted new measures to tackle the pandemic that has gripped the world and left many countries under lockdown.

This includes the shutdown of all shops selling "non-essential" goods including clothing and electronic stores to encourage people to stay indoors.

But many retailers are still offering online shopping, although delivery slots are expected to be taken up quickly.

John Lewis, New Look and Ikea are among stores still offering shopping online.

The rules also ban gatherings of more than two people, including weddings and baptisms however not including funerals.

Police will have the power to enforce these rules with fines in place for those who do not self-isolate.

Anyone who is caught breaking the rules will be fined a minimum of £30 and up to £1,000.

Mr Johnson said all shops apart from food stores and chemists must close immediately and that meeting friends will be banned.

He has advised citizens to say no to their friends who ask to meet.

Retailers are allowed to deliver and shoppers have been encouraged to order online, the measures will be reviewed in three weeks time.

The Prime Minister explained in his address: "You should not be going shopping except for essentials like food and medicine — and you should do this as little as you can. And use food delivery services where you can."

"If you don’t follow the rules the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings."

The strict measures come after UK citizens defied advice from the British government to social distance.

The UK has so far seen 6,650 cases of coronavirus and 335 deaths.

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