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All the rules for people and stores as ‘firebreak’ enters force in Wales

All the rules for people and stores as ‘firebreak’ enters force in Wales
Wales is going into a short national lockdown, known as a "firebreak", but the devolved government is facing criticism for a last-minute change banning shops allowed to stay open from selling some items.Rules across the country are changing from 6pm on Friday 23 October until Monday 9 November in a bid to suppress a second…

Rules across the nation are altering from 6pm on Friday 23 October until Monday 9 November in a quote to reduce a second spike of COVID-19

With new guidelines on what individuals can and can’t do, and with grocery stores facing particular restrictions on what products they can sell, there are plenty of information to unpack.

CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 19: First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford speaks during a press conference after the Welsh cabinet announced that Wales will go into national lockdown from Friday until 9 November, at the Welsh Government building in Cathays Park on October 19, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. Cases of Covid-19 continue to rise in Wales even in areas that are already subject to restrictions. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

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First Minister Mark Drakeford dealt with calls to alter the guidelines for what stores can offer

The new rules will come into result for all Welsh citizens from 6pm on Friday 23 October.

The only exceptions are for Remembrance Sunday occasions held on 7 or 8 November – they must be outdoors and with less than 30 individuals participating in.

Two women wear face masks as they walk down St Mary Street near Cardiff Castle

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People ought to only leave house for a limited variety of factors

No, is the pledge Welsh health minister Vaughan Gething made on Sky News.

But he said people should not anticipate to see a significant turnaround in case numbers by the time the firebreak ends, as it will take a couple of weeks for the hoped-for advantages to materialise.

Deaths have increased in care homes and hospitals

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A Welsh minister guaranteed the lockdown will not be extended

What are the brand-new guidelines?

  • Non-essential retail, leisure and hospitality companies to close
  • Individuals informed to work from house any place possible, with exceptions for important employees
  • People must just leave house for a restricted variety of reasons, consisting of exercise, purchasing essential supplies, or providing care
  • Household blending banned both inside and outdoors, although those in social bubbles will still be able to satisfy
  • Places of worship to be closed other than for wedding events and funerals
  • Necessary stores permitted to remain open may only sell specific products
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Hairdressers will not be enabled to do their task in other people’s houses

First Minister Mark Drakeford has actually said shops staying open need to offer “important” products to guarantee a “level playing field” for those firms required to shut.

The list of things provided by the federal government that people can buy are items which would be usually sold in:

  • Food and drink sellers (including off-licences)
  • Newsagents
  • Structure materials and hardware stores
  • Pharmacies and chemists
  • Bicycle stores
  • Fuel stations
  • Garages and lorry hire companies
  • Post workplaces, banks, building societies and similar
  • Animal stores
  • Agricultural and aquacultural products stores
  • Livestock markets and auctions

Mr Drakeford has dealt with criticism from the Welsh Conservatives, accusing him of purchasing “last-minute diktats” and sowing confusion as shops prepare for the guideline modification.

Sara Jones, head of the Welsh Retail Consortium and a Conservative councillor, stated: “Engaging sellers to stop offering specific products, without them being informed plainly what is and what isn’t allowed to be offered, is ill-conceived and short-sighted.

BARRY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 12: A man and woman look at closed shops on during the coronavirus lockdown period on June 12, 2020 in Barry, United Kingdom. GDP fell by 20.4% in April, compared with the previous month, according to data from the Office for National Statistics. At the end of April the economy was about 25 per cent smaller than in February. The Welsh government has further relaxed COVID-19 lockdown measures this week, allowing people from different households to meet up outside while maintaining social distancing. Schools have remained closed and those who have been advised to shield at home can go outside again but have been told to avoid shopping. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

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All non-essential shops need to close

The guidance states any profession whose properties are forced to close need to not bring on offering their services in individuals’s homes.

It explains: “So for example, due to the fact that there is a restriction on hair stylists’ stores from opening as this is seen as a non-essential activity, mobile hairdressers are also not permitted to supply their services in customers’ houses or their own homes.

PC Jemma Dicks is a constable with South Wales Police. File pic

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Individuals who break the guidelines can be fined ₤60 for their first offence

What is the punishment for those who break the law?

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