Coronavirus - restrictions on movement
Following a sharp increase in coronavirus cases across Wales, new restrictions have been introduced to reduce the spread of the virus and protect public health for people leaving in the area.
A short, sharp, “circuit breaker” or “fire-break” lockdown will be introduced at the end of this week in order to help regain control of the levels of coronavirus across Wales. It is the 'shortest they can make it' and has to be 'sharp and deep' in order to have an impact. For more information, click here.
It will be for 18 days from October 23rd to November 9th. This period will include the half-break holiday and end on Monday 9th November.
After Monday November 9th a new set of national lockdown rules will be introduced, and this will detail how people and businesses can continue to operate.
It is in everyone’s interest to abide by these local instructions.
Rules on staying at home and away from others
The single most important action we can all take to save lives and protect our NHS is to stay at home. Even when we leave home we should be reducing our contact with other people to limit the spread of infection.
From 6.00pm on the 23rd of October the following instructions apply to everyone within Wales.
- People are required to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
- People must not visit other households or meet other people they do not live with
- Certain businesses and venues, including bars, restaurants and most shops must close
- Secondary schools will provide learning online only for the week after half-term, other than for children in years seven and eight. Primary schools and childcare settings will remain open.
- Face coverings will continue to be mandatory in the indoor public spaces that remain open (subject to certain exemptions and exceptions), including on public transport and in taxis
You must not meet members from other households either indoors or outdoors except in very limited circumstances such as providing or receiving care. This includes family or friends from other households.
You cannot form a household bubble unless you are an adult living alone or a single parent household.
Everyone must comply with these new measures.
Details of national fire-break
The Welsh Government has created a list of legitimate reasons to leave your home. These include:
- the need to obtain supplies and services for you or your household, for example food, medicine, and essential household maintenance. We encourage everyone to make this as infrequently as possible
- to exercise, alone or with members of your household. This is encouraged to be done locally.
- to access childcare and education
- to access medical services or other public services
- to deposit and withdraw money from a bank or similar establishment
- to provide care for or to help a vulnerable person; this includes getting food or medicines for them
- to help the NHS by donating blood
- for work purposes, or voluntary or charitable purposes, but only where it is not reasonably practicable to do this from home
- to visit a cemetery, burial ground or garden of remembrance to pay your respects
- to attend a wedding, civil partnership or funeral if you are invited
- to attend court or meet other legal obligations
- to escape a risk of illness or injury, such as for victims or people at risk of domestic abuse
- to access services provided to victims of crime or domestic abuse or those at imminent risk of becoming victims
Whenever you leave home, you should try to minimise time spent outside of the home, and ensure you stay at least 2 metres away from anyone you don’t live with or are in a permitted “bubble” with.
You may leave home and visit someone on ‘compassionate grounds’ if the person in question is struggling with restrictions on meeting others and is suffering mentally or physically. More information on this can be found on the Welsh Government website.
Where parents do not live in the same household, children under 18 can be moved between their can be moved between their parents’ homes
Delivering these measures
These measures will reduce our day-to-day contact with other people. They are a vital part of our efforts to reduce the rate of transmission of coronavirus.
Everyone is instructed to comply with these new measures.
The Government will therefore be ensuring the police and other relevant authorities have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings where people do not comply.
The Welsh Government has stated in their updated guidance that the local lockdown will be in place for as long as needed to ensure transmission rates go down and the virus is at more manageable levels. After Monday 9th November, they are set to release a new set of national lockdown rules, and this will detail how people and businesses can continue to operate.