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Wales follows England and Scotland in announcing 10pm hospitality curfew

Wales follows England and Scotland in announcing 10pm hospitality curfew

Hospitality businesses in Wales will have to close at 10pm each evening as part of new measures to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement on Tuesday evening by the the First Minister Mark Drakeford follows the announcement of similar measures in other UK nations.

From 6pm on Thursday 24 September, hospitality businesses in Wales will also be limited to providing table service only and all off-licences including supermarkets in Wales will have to stop selling alcohol at 10pm each evening. 

The announcement of the changes comes as new local restrictions came into force in parts of South Wales on Tuesday, including for people living in Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport.

Announcing the new measures in Wales, First Minister Mark Drakeford said,

“In the weeks and months ahead of us, there is a very real possibility we could see coronavirus regain a foothold in our local communities, towns and cities. None of us wants to see that happen again.

“In some parts of South Wales, where we have seen the sharpest rises in cases, there are already even stricter local restrictions in place to protect people’s health. We now need to make that difference across Wales.

“It was with the help of people across Wales that we got through the first wave in the spring – you followed all the rules and helped reduce cases of coronavirus, protecting the NHS and saving lives.

“We need everyone to follow the rules and guidance and to take the steps to protect them and their loved ones. Together, we can keep Wales safe.”

In some parts of Wales where local restrictions already apply, all licenced premises have to close by 11pm. This will change to 10pm from Thursday, reflecting the new nationwide rules.

The First Minister has also announced a new £500 support payment to help people on low incomes who are asked to self-isolate if they have been infected with the Coronavirus, while regulations have also been strengthened to ensure employers support those needing to self-isolate.

The measures announced on Tuesday followed the involvement of the devolved administrations in a COBRA meeting led by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday morning.

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