Boris Johnson says the UK could demolish homes which have Covid-19 contamination
The threat to people’s dwellings comes after Downing Street gave local councils the power to tackle Covid-19 by ‘any means necessary.’
At first local councils, which the UK is split up into, have the power to issue a localized lockdown where some towns are shut down to stop the spread of the virus.
And now authorities will be able to order the demolition of buildings at the centre of coronavirus outbreaks under draconian powers to contain a potential second wave which the UK’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is desperate to do.
Cars, buses, trains and aeroplanes could also be destroyed subject to the approval of magistrates.
These local councils will be able to draw on six separate Acts of Parliament which will enable the quick closeure of public buildings.
They also have the power to do mass testing on the populace, ban events or shut down whole sectors of the economy.
They will also be able to limit school openings to set year groups and restrict travel to key workers only.
The power to demolish buildings, however, has got everyone talking with people taking to social media to show their disbelief and some to make jokes.
One user on Twitter joked: “Sir you’ve tested positive for the Rona. For everyone’s safety, we are going to have to bulldoze your home.”
“Can I pack my things before I leave?”
” you will be inside the house during demolition. Have a good day”
The document, published by the Department of Health and Social Care, advises councils that, under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, they can apply to a magistrate “to impose restrictions or requirements to close contaminated premises; close public spaces in the area of the local authority; detain a conveyance or movable structure; disinfect or decontaminate premises; or order that a building, conveyance or structure be destroyed”.
It raises the possibility that care homes, factories, offices or even private homes could be bulldozed as a last resort if the virus starts to run out of control, although such measures have not been considered necessary during the outbreak.
Downing Street regards local or regional lockdowns as the way forward in containing coronavirus.
Councils have been given a list of all the laws they can use to restrict people’s movement and behaviour, including the Coronavirus Act 2020.
Among the range of powers set out in the Government’s advice to councils is the ability to “close certain businesses and venues (for example shops, cafes, gyms, recreation centres, offices, labs, warehouses); close outdoor public areas (for example parks, playgrounds, beaches, esplanades, outdoor swimming pools) and order deep-cleans of buildings or vehicles linked to outbreaks”.
The Boris Johnson government has been criticized throughout the epidemic for their hectic and often-confusing handling of the situation.
Critics have blamed it for sending mixed messages, failing to clearly communicate guidelines to the public and otherwise not doing a good job with the virus.
The UK has had 46,299 deaths to Covid recorded, making up roughly 7% of all the world’s deaths which number at 701,278.