WALES will go into a strict two-week “circuit breaker” lockdown from 6pm on Friday, with all pubs and non-essential shops forced to shut.
Residents will be asked to stay home until November 9, over the course of the half-term holiday and a week beyond that.
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Anyone with plans to travel to Wales for a holiday will also be affected, read on to find out what the two-week circuit breaker means for travel to and within Wales.
Can someone from Wales go on holiday in Wales during the two-week lockdown?
No. Travel is only for essential purposes, including caring responsibilities or work, where it is not possible to work from home.
Can I travel to Wales for a holiday from the rest of the UK in lockdown?
No, travel into Wales for a holiday is not allowed.
Anyone with a Welsh holiday booked is advised to contact their travel operator and insurance provider.
Can people living in Wales travel abroad for a holiday?
No, travel abroad is not allowed, unless the traveller has a ‘reasonable excuse.’
Guidance from the Welsh government states that: “Travelling out of Wales for a holiday is not one of the permitted reasons under the Regulations.”
Anyone with a foreign holiday booked is advised to contact their travel operator and insurance provider.
Are hotels allowed to open in Wales?
No, hotels will close during lockdown.
Hotels are only allowed to stay open for certain reasons, including the provision of emergency accommodation for people who are homeless or key workers.
Can I travel through Wales to get to an airport or to travel on to Ireland?
Yes, that is allowed but travellers are asked to keep all necessary stops while within the country to a minimum.
Other rules for the Wales ‘circuit breaker lockdown include:
- Follow strict stay at home orders
- Pubs, restaurants and all non-essential retail will be closed
- No meeting with anyone outside your household
- No alcohol sales after 10pm
- Leisure centres and services, including gyms, will have to close
- Professional sports will be able to continue
- Hairdressers and beauty services will have to close
- No gatherings will be allowed outdoors including Halloween and fireworks on Bonfire night
Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced the fire-break was the “shortest” it could be, but the narrow time frame means it will have to be “sharp and deep” to cull new infection rates.
He said this lunchtime: “There are no easy choices in front of us as the virus spreads rapidly in every part of Wales.
“We know if we do not act now it will continue to accelerate and there is a very real risk our NHS will be overwhelmed.”
The First Minister warned Wales would be looking at an “open ended national lockdown” if urgent action wasn’t taken.
There were 4,127 new coronavirus cases in Wales last week – an infection rate of 130 cases per 100,000.
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