Wales to enter full lockdown for the 3rd time after Christmas

Wales to enter full lockdown for the 3rd time after Christmas
// Wales poised to go back into full lockdown for the third time from December 28
// However, non-essential retailers will not be allowed to reopen after close of business on Christmas Eve
// It comes after Wales went through a 17-day lockdown earlier in autumn

Wales poised to go back into full lockdown for the third time from December 28, although non-essential retailers will be closed from Christmas Eve, the Welsh Government has announced.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said a “sustained rise in coronavirus” meant that the country would have to move into its highest level of restrictions.

He also said the planned five days of relaxed measures would remain in place following talks between the four UK nations.


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Some measures will come into force on Christmas Eve with all non-essential retail, businesses offering close contact services and all leisure and fitness centres forced to close from the end of the day.

All hospitality premises will be forced to close from 6pm on Christmas Day.

However, tighter restrictions for household mixing, staying-at-home, holiday accommodation and travel will only apply from December 28, with the planned easing of Covid restrictions over Christmas remaining in place between December 23 and 27.

The news comes after Wales went through a 17-day “firebreak” lockdown in late October until early November. It also endured a three-month, UK-wide lockdown over the spring.

“Many of you will have seen the warnings from senior clinicians about the huge impact coronavirus is having on the whole of our health service,” Drakeford told the Welsh Government press briefing today.

“The situation we are facing is extremely serious. We must move to alert level four and tighten the restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus and save lives.

“This new set of higher-level restrictions will apply to the whole of Wales.

“This means all non-essential retail, including close contact services and all leisure and fitness centres will close at the end of trading on Christmas Eve.

“All hospitality premises will close from 6pm on Christmas Day.

“And on December 28, at the end of the five day Christmas period, tighter restrictions for household mixing, staying-at-home, holiday accommodation and travel will apply.”

with PA Wires

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Can’t see much of the retail sector pulling through this furlough now extended till end of April rather than March. What will have changed by then. Stores still have most of stock left from last Aril due to the open now closed. They still have the outgoings but very little coming in. In the long term that just can’t be sustainable. I do realize that the lockdowns are needed but as soon as we come out of them we are right back to square one & no further forward. I know it’s not just the UK but worldwide. Life as we knew it will never go back to the way it was before. When we go into a lockdown I really think that even supermarkets should be shut. These stores are the super spreaders. It is just imposable to police the social distancing in these stores staff are doing there best by announcements that social distancing measures are in place, but just completely impossible to police. Sadly I’m no scientist but this virus is a bit like carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen & oxygen it’s invisible can’t be seen. Every sore that is allowed to stay open during lockdowns are feeding this virus they are like fuel. I really think that no country on there own will ever defeat this virus. This is like a war with no enemy. Feeds on the cold from October – April then relaxes but still around while it’s warmer. We clapped for our essential workers earlier this year, but the enemy is still out there stronger than ever before. Back in march field hospitals were set up. The next sixteen to twenty weeks could be worse for us than the last nine months. I hope that I’m wrong but in the short term I can’t see any way out of this pandemic Life at the moment is like one very long episode of “Dr Who”

  2. Why won’t they tell. Us how long we r going to b in lock down this time I feel. We r like mushrooms being fed bull shit and kept in the dark I live on my own.and it’s the worst feeling I’ve ever felt lonely Ness how mutch longer they.havent thought about us people who live on there own

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