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Coronavirus: are people in Stamford listening to government advice on social distancing?




People appear to be heeding government advice on social distancing in Stamford - although dozens were seen on the high street on Monday lunchtime.

Our reporter took a stroll through the town centre where the majority of people were observed keeping a two-metre gap between them.

Social distancing in Stamford
Social distancing in Stamford

Besides the pubs, restaurants and cafes, many shops have now taken the decision to close, including the likes of Melvyn Patrick barbers and Dawson jewellers.

Banks remain open, although a staff member of Lloyd’s was informing customers that only five were allowed inside at a time.

Stamford High Street on Monday
Stamford High Street on Monday

Food and health shops including Holland & Barrett remained open with M&S Food doing a thriving business, while enforcing the two-metre rule at check-outs.

Car parks on Broad Street and Bath Row were around a quarter full.

Stamford High Street on Monday
Stamford High Street on Monday

It comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock described those ignoring government advice on social distancing as "very selfish".

Matt Hancock said the government was willing to take "more action" if needed to stop the virus from spreading. Emergency legislation is being debated by MPs this afternoon.

Broad Street on Monday
Broad Street on Monday

"It's very selfish," he told the Today programme. "The NHS is doing everything it can and preparing for the spread of this virus.

"If people go within two metres of others who they don't live with then they're helping to spread the virus - and the consequences of that costs lives and it means that, for everyone, this will go on for longer."

Bath Row on Monday
Bath Row on Monday

There are now 5,683 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and 281 people have died.

There have been 14 confirmed cases in Lincolnshire and none in Rutland.

The rare sight of an empty Wetherspoon pub
The rare sight of an empty Wetherspoon pub

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