Lockdown in Wales extends for another three weeks

The lockdown has extended in Wales for another three weeks from Monday. Some libraries, recycling centers, and garden centers will be allowed to reopen, and rules on exercise will be relaxed.

Lockdown by Prime Minister of Wales

It comes 48 hours before Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces possible changes to the regulations in England. The statement says that 28 new deaths reported by Public Health Wales today (Friday) and 152 new cases in Wales over the last 24 hours.

“The advice we have received from the Chief Medical Officer is that it is too soon to lift these restrictions,” the First Minister Mark Drakeford said. He said: “Public Health Wales welcomes the announcement by the Welsh Government today that lockdown arrangements will continue for the next three weeks, with minor adjustments to regulations.”

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“Public Health Wales reminds the public to continue to adhere to Welsh Government restrictions on non-essential travel, caravan and campsites, hotels, and holiday accommodations, as well as the limited access to our national parks, over the Bank Holiday weekend. We also remind owners of second homes in Wales to act responsibly and to avoid traveling to these homes until restrictions have lifted.”he added.

Mark Drakeford
Mark Drakeford

“We seem to have passed the peak and flattened the curve of new cases of COVID-19 in Wales, which appears to be an indication of the effectiveness of lockdown measures. We are currently working with the Welsh Government to determine the best approach for when the lockdown eventually eased. COVID-19 is still circulating in every part of Wales, and the single most important action we can all take in fighting the virus is to stay at home. We want to thank each person across Wales for doing their bit to help slow the spread of the virus.”

On the reopening of schools, the First Minister said, “I said a week ago it needed three weeks from the point you make the decision to schools reopening which takes us to June – and we are not making that decision for the reasons I have set out.”

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