Mark Drakeford had initially been committed to keeping schools open for as long as possible, urging parents to continue sending their children until the end of term. All but essential retail will shut from Friday – tougher measures than in Scotland or tier 3 areas of England. Under new rules, cafes, restaurants and pubs cannot serve alcohol and must close at 6pm - but may continue takeaways - and cinemas, skating rinks and museums have shut completely. 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First Minister Mark Drakeford is expected to unveil a phased ‘roadmap’ setting out how Wales will exit lockdown measures which have been in place for eight weeks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson […] A SECOND coronavirus fire-break lockdown could be imposed in January or February across Wales, a Government minister has said. Since October 23, people have only been allowed to leave their homes for limited reasons and had to work from home where possible. We are at alert level three. The Welsh Government will introduce the shutdown in Wales from 6pm on Friday, First Minister Mark Drakeford has said. This applies to people who have symptoms, test positive, were in close contact with someone who displays symptoms or tested positive, or people who are returning from a non-exempt country. After the UK went into lockdown in March some restrictions are now starting to ease. Dr Jones said the hospital he worked at was already facing an "incredibly grave situation", with critical care patients having to be transferred to different hospitals for treatment. explains the dates and rules around the latest lockdown changes in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Advertisement. November 9. Mr Gething announced on Nov 22 that Covid mass testing would be rolled out in Methyr Tydfil. PM and EU chief agree to extend Brexit trade talks. People will be told to stay at home and pubs, restaurants, hotels and non-essential shops must shut. The full list of all the Wales lockdown changes that will come into force today. Wales' 17-day fire-break lockdown ends today. Please think carefully about where you are going and what you are doing. The First Minister expressed growing concern that cases could surpass 2,500 by Christmas Day if the current rate continued. Dr Dave Jones, the clinical director for intensive care at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, said the Covid-19 situation was now "far worse" than he had previously imagined, during a Channel 4 news report on Dec 9. Since October 23, people have only been allowed to leave their homes for limited reasons and had to work from home where possible. Only the vaccine can save us now, Exclusive: Test and Trace chaos made me 'lose it' and seek psychiatrist help, Boris Johnson determined to let families meet at Christmas, but urges self isolation beforehand, Moscow capable of second Salisbury-style poisoning that could kill thousands in UK, Defence Secretary warns, Man who ‘expressed affinity with’ incel-motivated mass murderer found guilty under Terrorism Act in ‘unprecedented’ case, Are Covid-19 cases rising or falling in your area? St George's Hotel will be closed during this period. Drakeford has confirmed that all shops, gyms, and other premises normally open to the public but which were required to close during the fire-break will be allowed to reopen from Monday. October 12: UK announces a new three-tier system for Covid-19 restrictions in England. It also follows the news that all secondary schools and colleges in Wales will shut for face-to-face teaching on December 14, and move to online learning for the last week of term. Wales will have a two-week national lockdown from 23 October. We are at alert level three. Date fitness centres reopened and the new rules in place after lockdown Gyms, leisures centres and indoor pools will finally reopen on 25 July, after being closed for more than four months. The Welsh Government has announced a series of measures will come into effect tomorrow across Wales … The Telegraph - Tougher restrictions will hit Wales in the run up to Christmas Details of a four-tier traffic light lockdown system were announced at the Welsh government coronavirus briefing on December 11. On Monday 19 October, the Welsh government announced it would be implementing a 17-day “firebreak” lockdown for Wales to combat the rising … LOCKDOWN measures have been extended for nearly another month in the UK, with little sign yet the country's epidemic is receding. All secondary schools and further education colleges in Wales will transition to online classes from Monday December 14, the Education Minister announced on Dec 10. You can read more about the new rules here. Want us to send our biggest stories straight to your inbox? The warning came after indoor entertainment businesses were closed and a ban on alcohol in hospitality venues was introduced on Dec 4 due to another rise in coronavirus cases. Wales is due to conclude its two-week firebreak lockdown. Last updated: 19 June 2020. He also added that new national rules will be kept "as simple as possible" and there would be no return to local travel restrictions. Following the end of the firebreak, a new set of national rules will be introduced, covering how people can meet and how the public sector and businesses operate. Small and medium sized businesses could receive up to £100,000 in grants and larger  businesses could receive up to £150,000. Previously travel in and out of Wales was only allowed for "essential purposes", such as education, work or caring responsibilities. Scotland is loosening restrictions on 11 areas as part its five-tier system of Covid restrictions. The circuit-breaker is two weeks long so will come to an end next Monday. England, Scotland and Wales introduced the first lockdown restrictions on 26 March and Northern Ireland on 28 March with only minor differences in their respective approaches. October 17: Leaked letter suggests Wales will enter a two-week circuit breaker lockdown from October 23. Universities will continue to offer both in person and online classes, but students must stay home in their university accommodation under the new rules. The Welsh Government has also asked people to maintain social distancing and to stop booking multiple tables in pubs and then pushing the chairs together. "The plan sets out four alert levels. People in Wales … Lee Waters said another lockdown is likely in Wales in January or February Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford announced the 17-day "fire-break" lockdown on October 19. ... Children in Wales will return to school on June 29 to 'check in, catch up and prepare for … COMMUNITY GUIDELINES. First published: 19 June 2020 . Several other schools took the decision to close into their own hands, and the Welsh government felt considerable pressure with the infection rate rising in the lead up to the easing of lockdown over Christmas. Politics. These new measures are similar to level 3 restrictions in Scotland. Isabel Choat. Mrs Williams said it was impossible to guarantee a level playing field because of the impact of coronavirus, so grades will be based on externally set classroom assessments under teacher supervision. The lockdown in Wales will end on Monday - everything you need to know. The traffic light is red. The level of risk is very high," Mark Drakeford said. By Bryony Jewell For Mailonline. The lockdown will begin at 6pm on October 23 and last until November 9, and will see all but essential retail outlets close. Northern Ireland is also relaxing some rules, following a two-week lockdown. You can unsubscribe at any time. Jim Jones, from North Wales Tourism, had this wish list for Friday. Health. Five Dates Review – Lockdown Loving (PS4) Jenny Jones Tuesday, November 17, 2020 Five Dates is a FMV (Full Motion Video) game from the masters of the genre, Wales Interactive . WALES is reportedly set for a second firebreak lockdown from December 28 as Covid cases continue to rise. It will include the half-term holiday and cover two weeks, ending on Monday November 9. Wales. The new rules will come into play from 6pm on Friday 23 October. A total of £180 million will also be available from the Economic Resilience Fund. Published: 04:59 EST, 2 … We are at alert level three. "The plan sets out four alert levels. Top Stories. Wales will this week enter into a two-week lockdown it was announced on Monday, with Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford urging the nation to … If any data is incomplete or incorrect or the evidence provided is insufficient we will not process the application and it will be rejected. In a statement, the Cabinet Office “emphasised that the public will be advised to remain cautious, and that wherever possible people should avoid travelling and minimise social contact”. Three households will be allowed to meet over Christmas in Wales and around the UK under new Covid rules. The Welsh Government has confirmed a support package of almost £300m to support businesses through the lockdown. It was the first local lockdown in Wales, and followed the discovery that 98 people had tested positive in a week, giving the county the highest infection rate in Wales. Northern Ireland is also relaxing some rules, following a two-week lockdown. The imposition of a lockdown in Torfaen means that, from tomorrow, Monmouthshire will be the only one of Gwent's five council areas not subject to local Covid-19 restrictions. I'm A Celebrity will kick off in less than TWO WEEKS as start date is confirmed despite Wales being in a circuit breaker lockdown. First Minister Mark Drakeford described the time-limited lockdown as a "short, sharp, shock to turn back the clock, slow down the virus and buy us more time". Our. First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford speaks during a press conference after the Welsh cabinet announced that Wales will go into national lockdown from Friday until 9 … We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. The lockdown is expected to start on Thursday, November 5 and last for four weeks. The ‘firebreak’ lockdown in Wales is set to last for two weeks – with the first week covering the half-term period there. However, the Welsh government still advises caution, in order to help stop the spread of the virus. Yesterday (19 October), the Welsh Government announced a “firebreak” national lockdown from 6:00pm on Friday, 23 October until Monday, 9 November that will have an impact on football in Wales. The law banning non-essential travel to England from Wales will be lifted at 6pm on Friday 4 December. Tougher restrictions will hit Wales in the run up to Christmas. Mon 19 Oct 2020 11.22 EDT. It comes as England prepares to go into a month-long lockdown. It was 23 March when Prime Minister Boris Johnson - … He said the move needed to be "short and sharp" to … Shoppers in Cardiff, Wales, which Michael Gove says came out of its lockdown last month 'too soon' and 'too expansively'. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA. It comes as England prepares to go into a month-long lockdown. Monday 9 November 2020 13:45, UK Wales is out of 'firebreak lockdown' but there are still many restrictions Why you can trust Sky News Wales's 17-day firebreak lockdown has ended and new national measures to combat COVID-19 have come into effect. Wales is due to conclude its two-week firebreak lockdown. When did the lockdown start, and how long has the UK been in lockdown? Now the Welsh Government is busy putting new national measures in place ready for when the lockdown period ends. The key dates you need to know as lockdown is eased further in Wales. Scotland is loosening restrictions on 11 areas as part its five-tier system of Covid restrictions. Wales will enter tier 4 (full lockdown) from December 28 if Covid cases do not begin to decrease, the First Minister warned. By Dan Hodges For The Mail On Sunday. Wales. They will last for two weeks, and finish at 12.01am on 9 November. Previously, people could only travel out of Wales if it was deemed "essential. A source told LBC that Wales would go into a new lockdown just after Christmas. A "Restrictions Business Fund" worth £160m will be on offer which will enable around 60,000 hospitality, tourism and leisure businesses which pay non-domestic rates (NDR) to access grants of up to £5,000. Since October 23, people have only been allowed to leave their homes for limited reasons and had to work from home where possible. To find out more, please visit www.businesswales.gov.wales. When will the ‘firebreak’ lockdown start and finish? But when does the lockdown in Wales end? You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully Details of a four-tier traffic light lockdown system were announced at the Welsh government coronavirus briefing on December 11. We aim to process grant applications within 30 days of receipt. Children benefit from being with their peers" he added. It started at 6pm on Friday, October 23 and will last until 12:01am Monday, November 9. Mr Drakeford said, “Coronavirus doesn’t respect borders – we all have a part to play in keeping Wales and the UK safe. When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. An intensive care doctor said allowing people to mix over Christmas will "pour petrol on an already burning fire.". The decision has been criticised by the Children's Commissioner for Wales as disruptive to education. Details will be published later today on how Wales can exit the lockdown measures put in place to help stop the spread of COIVID-19. But when does Wales come out of lockdown and what time does the fire-break end? Wales set for circuit-breaker lockdown 'from next Friday' The country will see all cafes, restaurants and hairdressers shut, according to a leaked letter . The country was put under a national lockdown … A full coronavirus control plan will be published and voted on in the week beginning Dec 14. Following the end of England's lockdown on Wednesday the … Businesses in Wales hit by coronavirus will be offered £140m in grants, Economy Minister Ken Skates has said. Coronavirus: 'Traffic light' system to lift lockdown in Wales. He called for the Government to introduce a lockdown immediately in Wales and said: "The speed and ferocity that the second wave has hit us with is nothing that we could have imagined.". Find out more, Black applicants significantly more likely to fail RAF selection tests than white counterparts, Stop wasting billions on testing. Which? We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. Cardiff. However, you must not travel unless it is essential if you are living in a higher tier. Wales is due to conclude its two-week firebreak lockdown. In … So, what are the key dates you need to know as lockdown is lifted in Wales… Mr Drakeford said at a press conference on Dec 4 that the situation in Wales remained "very serious" and that the Government was using measures seen in other parts of the UK in a bid to drive cases down. Wales is due to conclude its two-week firebreak lockdown. Wales BANS pubs from selling alcoholic drinks and introduces 6pm CURFEW as it heads for ANOTHER lockdown less than four weeks after its 'firebreak' with infection rate up 31 per cent - … Wales will enter tier 4 (full lockdown) from December 28 if Covid cases do not begin to decrease, the First … Advertisement. Wales' GCSE, AS and A-level exams due to take place in summer 2021 have been cancelled, Education Minister Kirsty Williams announced on 10 November. A leaked letter suggests that Wales will enter a 17-day lockdown this week, from Friday October 23 onwards. Since October 23, people have only been allowed to leave their homes for limited reasons and had to work from home where possible. Wales will enter tier 4 (full lockdown) from December 28 if Covid cases do not begin to decrease, the First Minister warned. Wales is currently under tighter restrictions due to the fire-break lockdown put in place by the Welsh Government. Please review our, You need to be a subscriber to join the conversation. Saturday 22 August 2020, 2:27pm . The First Minister announced that non-essential retail stores in Wales will be able to reopen from Monday 22 June, providing that social distancing measures can be maintained within the stores. Mon 7 Dec 2020 10.37 EST 18 Another lockdown may be needed in Wales to stop the NHS being overwhelmed as the number of Covid-19 patients in … Mr Drakeford admitted that the Welsh Government has not concluded its discussions on what measures to place on pubs, bars and restaurants. A number of counties have also indicated primary schools will close earlier, including Cardiff and Swansea. Wales lockdown: New ‘fire-break’ restrictions imposed for 17 days. On Nov 27,  Mr Drakeford said, "It is important for our children not to miss out further.". First published: 8 May 2020. The UK has agreed on arrangements for during the Christmas period in a deal agreed between Michael Gove and the First Ministers of Northern Ireland, Wales … The lockdown will last two weeks, starting at 6pm on Friday, October 23. The circuit-breaker, which came into force at 6pm on Friday, October 23, was introduced to help regain control of coronavirus and prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed. Wales is now 100 days into lockdown after the outbreak of the global coronavirus pandemic. Since October 23, people have only been allowed to leave their homes for limited reasons and had to work from home where possible. However leaders in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland … coronavirus. But as we continue to move out of lockdown, many of those rules are being scrapped or relaxed. Wales will enter tier 4 (full lockdown) from December 28 if Covid cases do not begin to decrease, the First Minister warned. Wales Imposes 'Firebreak Lockdown' As Coronavirus Cases Spike : Coronavirus Updates "We know that if we do not act now, it will continue to accelerate," the leader of Wales … From Friday, people in Wales will be able to travel to tier one and tier two areas in England and Scotland. Wales lifts lockdown travel ban - but Stokies are still barred from travelling to the country. "Parents will know just how important this period the end of term is, especially in primary schools. A land of fear and twitching curtains: DAN HODGES braves a visit to Wales after its Left-wing leader plunged it into lockdown. Mark Drakeford MS, First Minister. Published 24 April. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. Wales is due to conclude its two-week firebreak lockdown. Reduce the 2m distancing rule to give our business some hope in trying to salvage what’s left of the season. The announcement follows the rise in cases across Wales and increased hospital admissions. The Telegraph values your comments but kindly requests all posts are on topic, constructive and respectful. The coronavirus lockdown in Wales will be extended for a further 3 weeks, with minor adjustments proposed but maximum caution maintained to ensure the virus does not spread, First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed. Wales lockdown: New ‘fire-break’ restrictions imposed for 17 days. Wales has confirmed a two-week "firebreak" lockdown. All but essential retail will shut from Friday – tougher measures than in Scotland or tier 3 areas of England Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. “Other children taking examinations will be able to attend, but all other students will continue their learning from home,” he said. Pupils will be able to go in to take exams but others will learn from home for an additional week, Mr Drakeford said. Wales is due to conclude its two-week firebreak lockdown. He said there had been a fall in coronavirus infections following the 17-day firebreak lockdown in Wales but figures had started to rise again, with … Since October 23, people have only been allowed to leave their homes for limited reasons and had to work from home where possible. Wales has entered a national 17-day lockdown in an effort to slow the rise of Covid cases and hospital admissions. However, over time, differences between the approach of each part of the UK emerged, and the … After temporarily having restrictions eased after its ‘firebreak’ lockdown, Wales is introducing stricter measures once more from 4 December. Lockdown dates: Boris Johnson Instituted a UK-wide lockdown on March 23 (Image: GETTY) READ MORE We must never forget the heroes of the lockdown, says VANESSA FELTZ What are the rules in Wales? "The plan sets out four alert levels. A fire-break lockdown will come into force in Wales from this Friday, October 23rd and run until Monday, November 9th. Wales’ 17-day “firebreak” lockdown, which started on 23 October, has now come to an end. Last updated: 8 May 2020. WALES will enter a two-week 'firebreak' lockdown this week, with closures of non-essential businesses and residents urged to stay home. In a further rule change, people required to self-isolate in Wales can do so for 10 days instead of two weeks from Thursday, December 10. Leisure, hospitality and tourism businesses were closed, along with community centres, libraries and recycling centres. Earlier this month, Health Minister Vaughan Gething hinted a tiered system may be necessary to allow rules to be relaxed at Christmas. Written statement: Review of Lockdown Measures and The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020. Last modified on Mon 19 Oct 2020 11.58 EDT. The key lockdown changes and dates you need to know in Wales. If you are in tier one or two, the blanket ban on non-essential travel no longer applies, and  hotels and self-catering accommodation facilities have reopened once again in lower-risk tiers. Updates automatically, People may travel from Wales to tier one and two areas in England and Scotland. Figures reportedly stand at 130 new Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people. ", Pubs, cafes and restaurants cannot serve alcohol from 6pm on December 4 and must close at 6pm thereafter, apart from takeaway services, Cinemas, bowling alleys and bingo halls will close, as will amusement arcades, casinos and galleries, Non-essential businesses have been open since November 9, but people must work from home "wherever possible", Travel is still permitted anywhere within Wales, but people are not able to travel to England unless it is for essential purposes until tomorrow, Dec 2, A maximum of two households can form a support bubble and meet indoors or in private gardens, Up to four people from separate households can meet up outside the home and in cafes, pubs and restaurants, and bring their children along, but must book ahead and provide identification, House parties, events and gatherings are unlawful, Groups of up to 15 people can take part in organised activities indoors, while up to 30 people are allowed to take part in activities outdoors, Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies may take place with social distancing and face coverings, but receptions are limited to 15 people, Invite-only funerals may take place and wakes or gatherings are limited to 15 people, excluding staff and children under 11. Bars and restaurants will be banned from selling alcohol and will shut at 6 pm. A deserted Cardiff city centre during the ongoing fire-break lockdown, You can read more about the new rules here, Mark Drakeford's speech in full as he announced new coronavirus lockdown rules for Wales after the fire-break, Is B&Q open during lockdown in Wales? The leaders of all four home nations have agreed three households may mix from December 23 to 27. Share this page. In Wales, businesses including pubs, hotels, gyms, hairdressers and non-essential shops will have to close from Friday evening and will remain shut … Wales could go into a two-week lockdown from next week. Just over 65,000 deaths involving Covid-19 … If you were due to stay with us during these dates we will be in contact with you to rearrange your stay with us. You can read what he said about it here. 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