2020-10-19 23:51:41 | Wales local lockdown rules as ‘sharp, deep, two-week fire break’ is announced


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What are the latest restrictions?

“Everyone in Wales will be required to stay at home, this means working from home wherever that is possible, and the only exceptions will be critical workers and jobs where working from home is simply not possible,” Mr Drakeford told a press conference.

“All non-essential retail, leisure, hospitality and tourism businesses will close just as they had to during the March lockdown.”

Community centres, libraries and recycling centres will close and places of worship will no longer be able to hold regular services, except for funerals and weddings.

“This fire break is the shortest we can make it, but that means that it will have to be sharp and deep in order to have the impact we need it to have on the virus,” he added.

Following the half-term holiday, primary schools and special schools will reopen, Mr Drakeford said.

Secondary schools will also reopen after half-term for children in years seven and eight, as well as the most vulnerable students.

Pupils will be able to go in to take exams but others will learn from home for an additional week, Mr Drakeford said.

“Other children taking examinations will be able to attend, but all other students will continue their learning from home,” he said.

Universities will continue to offer both in person and online classes, but students must stay home in their university accommodation under the new rules.

During the fire break, people will be banned from meeting people outside of their household both indoors and outdoors with anyone they do not live with, with exceptions for those living alone.

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They must stay at home, except for limited purposes such as exercise, and must work from home wherever possible.

Gatherings are banned, including Halloween and fireworks or Bonfire Night celebrations.

Non-essential travel within Wales has essentially been banned with increased border restriction on travel into the country.

As of Friday 16 October, people living in areas with high levels of coronavirus in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are not allowed to travel to Wales.


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Source References: The Telegraph

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