Patrick Meleady’s plea to “stay at home to save lives”

Patrick Meleady of Pitsmoor Adventure Playground has made a heartfelt plea to encourage people to be responsible, to stay off the streets and stay at home to save lives during the Coronavirus pandemic.


In a video posted on social media, Patrick says:

“It’s coming up to Easter now and the holidays are up on us and I know that the children are off school already.

“I’m really worried and concerned that people aren’t taking the message locally in terms of staying in the house and staying safe seriously. This is a massive, massive virus. It’s going to kill lots of people. Please don’t be one of them. If you love your children and don’t want to see them suffering, please follow what the government guidelines are by staying safe and staying in the house and staying two metres apart at all times if possible if you’re going shopping.

“Heed the warnings and the messages by the police and the government. Don’t go to parks and please don’t be congregating on street corners and roads, because there might five, six seven or eight of you, you might be having a couple of drinks… you’re breaking the law and you’re going to kill people.

“You’ve got to start saving lives. Thank you.”

The government announced measures on the 23rd March for what we all need to do to help halt the spread of the virus and reduce the burden on NHS servcies. They are:

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

Wash your hands as soon as you get home for at least 20 seconds.


These 4 reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

“The single most important action we can all take in fighting coronavirus is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.” (Cabinet office)

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