New plan for local restrictions in Wales after fire-break ends

Local restrictions will still be used to tackle flare-ups of coronavirus after the fire-break lockdown in Wales is lifted.

The 17-day fire-break lockdown will end in Wales on November 9. The First Minister announced on Monday that this would mean large areas of the Welsh economy would then be able to open with unlimited travel within Wales. You can read the full details of the new rules here.

Though the fire-break is likely to slow the spread of the virus it is highly likely that it will start to spread again in Wales after the restrictions are lifted.

When asked by WalesOnline at the Welsh Government’s press conference on Monday whether local lockdowns will still be used in Wales as a tool to keep cases under control the Mark Drakeford said it was highly likely.

“First of all let me just say that we are bound to face those local flare-ups and we will need to take local action,” he said.

“We will discussing later this week because it is not a decision that we have to make today and there have been an awful lot of decisions we have to have in place for today.”

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Before the fire-break most of Wales was in some form of local lockdown. The county of Caerphilly was the first part of Wales to enter local restrictions meaning that by the end of fire-break on November 9 people there will not have been able to leave the borough without a reasonable excuse for over two months.

The First Minister has indicated that the Welsh Government are considering allowing local leaders to make decisions on how new local measures will be decided on and what form they will take.

He said: “We will be discussing with our colleagues in local government and the local outbreak management teams how those decisions should be allocated. At the moment the decisions lay with Welsh ministers on the advice of local teams. We want to see if it might make better sense for there to be a greater level of local flexibility, autonomy, and responsibility so that those who are closest to those local outbreaks can institute for themselves more local measures.

“But that is an open question and one we will work on with our local partners as this week goes on.”

WalesOnline – Wales News