More localised Coronavirus restrictions are to be implemented in Wales, this time in the North of the country.
From 6pm on Thursday 1 October, new restrictions will apply to everyone living in Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy and Wrexham following a rise in COVID-19 cases.
The new restrictions for these areas are as follows;
- People will not be allowed to enter or leave the areas with local restrictions – exemptions will apply to those with a reasonable excuse, such as for travel to work or education
- People will only be allowed to meet people they don’t live with outdoors – people in these areas will not be able to form or be in extended households. Exemptions will allow people with a reasonable excuse to meet inside – such as for providing care to a vulnerable person.
All licenced premises will have to stop serving alcohol at 10pm and everyone over the age of 11 (except those exempt) will be required to wear face coverings in indoor places which are open to the public – as in the rest of Wales.
The additional restrictions are the same as those now in force in much of South Wales.
Announcing the restrictions, Health Minister Vaughan Gething said;
“Unfortunately, we have seen a rise in coronavirus cases in four north Wales local authority areas – in Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham and Conwy. These are largely linked to people socialising indoors and are the pattern of transmission similar to what we have seen in South Wales.
“We have worked closely with local authority leaders and the police in North Wales and we all agree about the need to take swift action to control and the spread of the virus.”
The new restrictions are set to be kept under regular review.