Facilities, buildings and shops across the South are closing, in line with new government restrictions.

It comes after Boris Johnson announced a three-week lockdown in the UK on Monday evening, to help limit the spread of coronavirus.

The strict new measures mean people can only leave the house for a few specific reasons.

All care homes managed by Hampshire County Council will temporarily stop visitors, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Only emergency visits will now be allowed at these care homes.

The authority said it had been a difficult decision to make, but that it was following Government guidance on protecting elderly and vulnerable people.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst said: "Residents will be supported to stay in touch with families via phone calls, video calls, instant messaging or letters.”

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Bracknell, Reading and West Sussex councils have closed their waste recycling centres.

All recycling centres in Hampshire have also closed, after Boris Johnson announced the new restrictions on Monday.

Prior to this, the council had reported a record breaking number of visitors to the centres at the weekend.


people visited recycling centres in Hampshire at the weekend

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Sports Direct will now close its stores after it was initially going to remain open, despite the restrictions imposed by Boris Johnson on Monday.

The company which sell sports and fitness equipment, has shops across the South - including Bournemouth and Chichester.

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Canterbury Cathedral took the decision to shut, following the closure of other public buildings across Kent and Sussex.

Staff say neither public worship nor personal prayer can take place during the virus crisis, but their services will be available online.

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Elsewhere, The Brighton Dome announced new dates for some of its cancelled events.

The site closed last week based on government guidelines.

Performers have now rescheduled some of their shows for later this year.

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Maidstone Crown Court is also closing.

All legal proceedings, including those due to take place by Skype, have been cancelled.

Other court services in Kent and Sussex say they will stay open for the time being.

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