Wales is imposing a “fire break” lockdown for 17 days from 6pm on Friday, the Welsh government has announced.
The new coronavirus lockdown will take Wales back to the restrictions introduced in March, with most businesses shutting, and people being told to stay at home and work from home where possible.
The measures include:
- Non-essential retail, leisure and hospitality businesses to close
- People told to work from home wherever possible, with exceptions for critical workers
- Household mixing banned both indoors and outdoors, although those in social bubbles will still be able to meet
- Primary schools open after the half-term week and secondary schools will open only to Year 7 and Year 8 pupils
- Places of worship to be closed except for weddings and funerals
Announcing the decision on Monday, the Welsh government said the circuit break will last until Monday 9 November.
First Minister Mark Drakeford said the introduction of a new lockdown would deliver a “short, sharp shock”.
“It will have to be sharp and deep in order to have the impact we need,” he told reporters in Cardiff.
“Everyone in Wales will be required to stay at home. All non-essential businesses will have to close.”