Friday 10th April: Ahead of the bank holiday weekend, medics and celebrities are joining forces to call on the nation to Stay Home Save Lives to help the fight against Coronavirus.
Whilst bank holidays are traditionally a time when people are used to socialising with friends and family, the Stay Home Save Lives campaign is sending a message that this long weekend needs to be different.
Instead, it is the time for four days, 64 hours or 3,840 minutes of staying at home and enjoying a host of world-class entertainment from TV, film, sport, comedy, listening to music or playing video games. All in the name of helping the NHS in the fight against Coronavirus.
As inspiration to support people’s efforts to stay inside, Emma Willis, Eddie Jones, David Haye, James King, James Wright and Gordon Smart have all shared their list of entertainment that can be enjoyed over the weekend, to Stay Home Save Lives.
They are being joined by medics across the country, led by Dr Hilary Jones and Dr Xand Van Tulleken, are putting aside their usual bank holiday advice to get outside, play sport or go for long rambling walks in the fresh air. This weekend they are giving people every excuse to stay inside, put their feet up and indulge in films, TV, gaming and music.
Emma Willis, TV presenter and mum on three, commented: “Normally we spend bank holiday weekends visiting family and friends, but this weekend we’re staying at home so we’re going to make the most of it by watching lots of family favourites on TV. We’re so used to having the freedom to go out and enjoy the lovely weather, but it’s so important that we all do our bit to protect the NHS and help prevent coronavirus spreading by staying at home.”
England Rugby head coach Eddie Jones said: “Rugby, like so many sports, has always been a game about teamwork and in these unprecedented times, teamwork is so important for the nation. That’s why I’m supporting the campaign to Stay Home and Save Lives this bank holiday weekend. Being good citizens is the best contribution we can make and there’s lots of great sporting content available over the next four days for sports fans. I’ve picked ten and hope you will be enjoying these and much more this bank holiday. Stay safe. Stay Home Save Lives.”
Former Heavyweight boxing champion David Haye said; “There are plenty of options to keep the sports fan entertained this weekend, whether you prefer spectating or participating we’ve got you covered! There has never been a better reason to binge watch Rocky and catch up on some of the greatest moments in boxing history.”
Dr Hilary Jones said: “You usually hear me encouraging the public to get outside and be active, but this weekend I really want you to stay at home and watch TV. Do a home workout, listen to your favourite album, play computer games or get stuck into some odd jobs. Be a couch potato and a responsible adult at the same time. How often do you hear me say that?”
Whilst leaving the house for one form of exercise each day is still encouraged to break up the sofa time, you have to be careful. You have to keep at least two metres apart from people and it has to be for a walk, run or cycle – ideally on your own, or with members from your household. And remember to wash your hands thoroughly when you get home – even if you feel you haven’t touched anything outside.
Arranging to meet friends or family from outside your home for a chat – even if you are two metres away – is not going to help minimise the spread of coronavirus and will end up putting even more pressure on the NHS over the coming weeks, and more people will die.
If you do meet up with people or don’t abide by the social distancing from strangers, you can be fined by the police £60 on the spot. So, if you care about others and you care about helping the NHS, then please stay home this bank holiday weekend.