BREAKING NEWS: Wales Enters National “Firebreak” Lockdown
The Welsh government has this lunchtime confirmed that Wales will enter a national lockdown from Friday 23rd October to Monday 9th November.
First Minister Mark Drakeford has made the announcement in response to the spiralling number of Coronavirus cases in Wales.
Failure to abide by the temporary measures may result in fines and/or criminal proceedings. The measures will require people to work from home unless they are critical workers.
All non-essential businesses must close and it is anticipated this will include estate agents which were classed as “non-essential” during the national lockdown earlier in the year, with potential knock on impacts for homemovers hoping to take advantage of the SDLT holiday.
Other measures include
- Banning household mixing both indoors and outdoors, although those in social bubbles will still be able to meet.
- Primary schools will open after the half-term week while only Year 7 and 8 pupils will return to secondary schools
- University students will have to remain in their university accommodation.
- Places of worship will be closed except for weddings and funerals
According to Mr Drakeford, the measures are designed to provide
“a short, sharp, shock to turn back the clock, slow down the virus and buy us more time.”