Lockdown is the shutting down of all non-essential activities to slow the spread of COVID-19. In the UK, this has seen strict limits imposed on daily life, including:

  • people ordered to only leave the house for essentials such as food, medicine, exercise or to care for a vulnerable person
  • the closure of non-essential shops
  • the banning of mass gatherings of more than two people

The UK lockdown was applied on 23 March 2020. This has formed the basis for each nations’ stay at home guidance. Specific stay at home guidance for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is available.

Stay at home should be written in sentence case in line with GOV.UK.