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Wales to move into Alert Level Four and face new lockdown

Wales to move into Alert Level Four and face new lockdown

Wales is to enter Alert Level Four under its Coronavirus Control Plan and face new lockdown restrictions, First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced.

Non-essential retail outlets, close contact services and all leisure and fitness centres will have to close from the end of trading on 24 December. All hospitality premises will also have to close from 6pm on 25 December.

Wales will then enter a stay-at-home lockdown from 28 December, following the relaxation of Coronavirus regulations for five days between 23 and 27 December.

Announcing the new measures on Wednesday lunchtime, First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford said;

“There are more than 2,100 people with coronavirus symptoms in our hospitals – equivalent to five general hospitals fully occupied by people with coronavirus.

“This has been such a long and difficult year. We need to take this action to save lives and control the spread of this awful virus.”

Further information about the new measures is expected to be published in the coming days.

 

What does Alert Level Four involve?

Alert Level Four (very high risk) is the highest alert level in Wales' updated Coronavirus Control Plan that was set out earlier this week.

Under the highest alert level, people will be urged to stay at home whenever possible and to not travel without a reasonable excuse. The following venues will be closed;

  • Event and conference venues
  • Theatres and concert halls
  • Hospitality (except for takeaway and delivery)
  • Close contact services
  • Non-essential retail and libraries (except for click and collect services)
  • All visitor attractions and entertainment venues (indoors and outdoors)
  • Sports courts, golf courses, leisure and fitness facilities
  • Holiday accommodation
  • Nightclubs and adult entertainment venues
  • Organised activities (except public and voluntary services)

The following venues will remain open;

  • Schools, colleges and childcare providers 
  • Higher Education institutions
  • Places of worship
  • Community centres for essential public services
  • Crematoriums
  • Playgrounds and public parks
  • Weddings and funerals (with limited capacity)
  • Essential retail

 

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