Wales’ fire-break lockdown comes in this Friday as people ordered to stay home and shops and hospitality closed
First Minister Mark Drakeford has ordered people to stay at home for two weeks to break the rapidly increasing spread of coronavirus in Wales.
A fire-break lockdown will be come into force in Wales from this Friday, October 23, and run until Monday, November 9.
Mr Drakeford said that:
- People must work from home unless they are critical workers
- All non-essential retail, gyms, leisure centres, bars, restaurants and hospitality must close
- Community centres, libraries and recycling centres will close
- All indoor and outdoor gatherings with people you don’t live with are banned
- Primary schools will reopen after half term but secondaries will shut for all but Years Seven and Eight
Mr Drakeford urged everyone to follow the rules.
He said: “It is with a heavy heart that I once again ask everyone to stay at home and businesses to shut.
“We are all tired of coronavirus and the many rules and regulations we all have to live with.
“We all want to see an end to this pandemic and our lives returned to us.
“Unfortunately, we do not yet have a vaccine, which will allow us to do that.
“So this is our best chance of regaining control of the virus and avoiding a much-longer – and damaging – national lockdown.
“We have a small window of opportunity to act.
“To be successful, we need everyone’s help. Here in Wales, this is the moment to come together; to play our part in a common endeavour to once again protect the NHS and save lives.”
Wales to ban people coming from UK hotspots
Wales to introduce travel restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus The Welsh Government is preparing urgent action to prevent people who live in areas with high coronavirus infection rates across the UK from travelling to Wales, First Minister Mark Drakeford today confirmed. The action is being taken after the Prime Minister did not respond to the First Minister’s requests to make advisory travel guidance in English coronavirus hotspots mandatory. Under new regulations being prepared by Welsh Ministers, people living in areas with a high-prevalence of coronavirus in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland would not be able to travel to Wales for the time being. They will help prevent the virus moving from such high-prevalence areas to lower-prevalence communities. First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “Evidence from public health professionals suggests coronavirus is moving from east to west across the UK and across Wales. As a general rule, it is concentrating in urban areas and then spreading to more sparsely populated areas as a result of people travelling. “Much of Wales is now subject to local restriction measures because levels of the virus have risen and people living in those areas are not able to travel beyond their county boundary without a reasonable excuse. This is designed to prevent the spread of infection within Wales and to other areas of the UK. “We are preparing to take this action to prevent people who live in areas where there are higher covid infection rates across the UK from travelling to Wales and bringing the virus with them. “I am determined to keep Wales safe.” The Welsh Government is finalising its regulatory approach to the travel restrictions. The new restrictions are planned to come into force on Friday 16 October at 6pm.
Following a rise in cases new coronavirus restrictions were introduced in four local authority areas in North Wales:
– Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy and Wrexham –
The new measures came into force at 6pm on Thursday 1 October, to protect people’s health and control the spread of the virus in the four areas.
The above adds to the local coronavirus restrictions already in place in:
Blaenau Gwent County Borough coronavirus lockdown
Bridgend County Borough coronavirus lockdown
Caerphilly County coronavirus lockdown
Cardiff Council coronavirus lockdown
Conwy County Borough Council coronavirus lockdown
Denbighshire County Council coronavirus lockdown
Flintshire County Council coronavirus lockdown
Llanelli coronavirus lockdown
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough coronavirus lockdown
Neath Port Talbot County Borough coronavirus lockdown
Newport Council coronavirus lockdown
Rhondda Cynon Taf coronavirus lockdown
Swansea Council coronavirus lockdown
Torfaen County Borough coronavirus lockdown
Vale of Glamorgan coronavirus lockdown
Wrexham County Borough Council coronavirus lockdown
Areas of England with local restrictions
TWO new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Ceredigion according to latest figures released by Public Health Wales (PHW) today (Tuesday, August 4).
It takes the total number of cases for the county to 68. Pembrokeshire has seen 300 cases and Carmarthenshire has had 813 cases.
No new cases of the virus have been recorded in Pembrokeshire or Carmarthenshire while one new death has been recorded by PHW.
22 new cases of the virus have been recorded across Wales from 4,661 tests that were carried out on Monday (August 3).
Dr Giri Shankar, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: “Public Health Wales supports the recent announcement of the four UK Chief Medical Officers to extend the self-isolation period from seven to 10 days for those in the community who have symptoms or a positive test result. This will help provide additional protection to others in the community.
“We continue to caution and remind the public and business-owners that we all have a vital role in preventing the spread of Coronavirus by always sticking to social distancing guidelines – staying two metres away from others, and washing hands regularly. When travelling you should also avoid car sharing with people outside your household.
“Anyone with suspected symptoms of COVID-19 infection – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss of smell or taste (anosmia) – must self-isolate and seek an urgent test.
“Confirmed cases must now isolate for 10 days, with members of their household isolating for 14 days until the risk of passing on further infection has gone. Combined, these simple but effective actions will ensure the virus does not spread.
“Public Health Wales is also reminding the public that children under the age of 11 no longer have to maintain a two metre distance from each other or from adults. This reflects scientific evidence which indicates the risk of transmission is lower among this age group. However, it is very important older children and young adults continue to follow social distancing and the other measures to keep them safe.
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