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Friday, October 16, 2020

Welsh Government considering 'circuit breaker' lockdown

Hospitality and non-essential retail would close under proposals under consideration for a 'circuit breaker' in Wales, BusinessLive is reporting this afternoon.

The story says: "Welsh Government is currently considering whether to bring in much tougher short-term measures to stem the rising tide of coronavirus cases.

"Mark Drakeford this afternoon confirmed they were looking at this "fire break" for "weeks and not months".

"They have held briefings with council leaders and chief executives in Wales as well as business group leaders.

"Sources have given more details about the proposals on the table.

"It includes a shutdown for stores, restaurants and pubs, which comes on the back of an incredibly difficult 2020 so far.

"No final decisions have been made but the sources said these were the measures being considered: 

  • Two/three week circuit breaker coming into force on Friday, October 23.
  • Stay at home message (similar to spring lockdown) - apart from essential work and medical.
  • All hospitality and non-essential retail to close.
  • Indoor activities to stop - including closure of leisure centres.
  • Parks and cemeteries to stay open
  • Primary schools to return after half term BUT secondary schools to remain closed for two/three period with remote learning for pupils. This will include the one week of half term and then an additional week or two, depending on the length of the circuit breaker."

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