Jeremy Clarkson has assured fans that The Squat Shop will be still up and running as he is considered a key worker in the coronavirus crisis.
The star launched the shop on his farm earlier this year after trading in his city life for a year in the Cotswolds village of Chipping Norton.
But it seemed his new business venture, Diddly Squat Farm, was over before it began yesterday after the announcement from Boris Johnson demanding shops shut and people stay home except for essentials.
At the time, he wrote a simple and clear ‘f**k’ declaring his worries on Twitter, but today he seemed brighter and told fans: ‘Good news everyone. You can relax. Her Majesty’s government has decided that I am a key worker.’
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A day before the news, Jeremy opted in for an almost takeaway approach to his new shop, telling people that he was just selling potatoes to help comply with social distancing guidelines.
‘People of Chipping Norton. My farm shop will open at 11. Only potatoes on offer. Panic buyers welcome. Don’t get out of your car,’ he announced online.
In another tweet, the star added: ‘Two things. To maintain minimum safe distance, it’s cash only. And no you can’t have a f**king selfie.’
UK government’s coronavirus action plan
Boris Johnson has revealed the government’s battle plan to tackle coronavirus in the UK.
The key points from the announcement, made on 3 March, are:
– If police lose ‘significant staff’ numbers to illness, they would ‘concentrate ‘on responding to serious crimes and maintaining public order’.
– In a ‘stretching scenario’, it is possible that up to one fifth of employees may be absent from work during peak weeks.
– Everyone will face increased pressures at work, as well as potentially their own illness and caring responsibilities. Supporting staff welfare ‘will be critical’ for businesses.
– The UK has stockpiles of medicines for the NHS, plus protective clothing and equipment for medical staff.
– The public can help delay the spread of the virus by washing hands with soap regularly, not spreading misinformation and relying on trusted sources. They should also ensure family vaccines are up to date and check on family, friends and neighbours. They should also check Foreign Office advice before travelling abroad and be understanding of the pressures the health service is under.
– The public will be asked to accept that ‘the advice for managing Covid-19 for most people will be self-isolation at home and simple over the counter medicines’.
– If coronavirus becomes established, there will be a focus on essential services and helping those ‘most at risk to access the right treatment’.
– During the mitigation phase, when the virus is much more widespread, ‘pressures on services and wider society may become significant and clearly noticeable’.
– The Ministry of Defence will provide support as needed, including to essential services.
– There will be increased Government communication with Parliament, the public and the media if the virus becomes more widespread.
– All Government departments to have a lead person for coronavirus.
– If the virus takes hold, social distancing strategies could include school closures, encouraging greater home working, reducing the number of large scale gatherings and closing other educational settings.
– It is possible that an outbreak or pandemic of Covid-19 could come in multiple waves.
– Non-urgent operations and other procedures could be cancelled, and hospital discharges monitored to free-up beds, with appropriate care in people’s homes.
– Hospital worker shifts could be altered and leavers or retirees called ‘back to duty’.
– Measures exist to help businesses with short-term cash flow problems.
– There is a distribution strategy for sending out key medicines and equipment to NHS and social care.
– This strain of coronavirus is new and people have a lack of immunity to it, meaning ‘Covid-19 has the potential to spread extensively’.
– Everyone is susceptible to catching the disease and thus it is ‘more likely than not that the UK will be significantly affected’.
– There could be an ‘increase in deaths arising from the outbreak, particularly among vulnerable and elderly groups’.
– While most people will suffer mild to moderate symptoms, similar to seasonal flu, some will need hospital care due to pneumonia developing.
– Young children can become infected and ‘suffer severe illness’, but overall the illness is less common in the under-20s.
Cameras have been following Jeremy for a year as he experiences the highs and lows of agricultural life.
I Bought The Farm, his new Amazon Prime series, which will see his attempts to run his own 1,000-acre-farm in the middle of the British countryside.
As it happens, it’s been going better than he thought, as he had to temporarily close in February as he had run out of produce to sell.
I Bought A Farm will be released on Amazon Prime Video at a later date.
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