Much of the UK is now under tighter coronavirus restrictions in the latest bid to try and curb a surge in cases in recent weeks.
Scotland currently has adopted certain ‘circuit break’ restrictions which have seen pubs and restaurants closed in certain areas, while Northern Ireland has entered into a stricter lockdown which has seen industry-wide closures in the hospitality sector as well as hairdressers and beauticians closed once again.
While England has adopted the ‘three-tier’ system, with restrictions varying according to where you are in the country, speculation is mounting over what Wales might do next to try and stem the spread of the virus?
Could Wales be the next of the nations to go back into lockdown?
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Is Wales going into lockdown?
Currently, there has been no confirmation that Wales will be entering another lockdown.
However, there have been reports that a ‘circuit break’ could be on the horizon, following the publication of what was claimed to be a leaked letter from Confederation Of Transport Passenger Union.
The letter is reported to have said that ‘pubs, restaurants, hairdressers etc – will all be closed’ and says the measures will ‘take us back to the situation in March’.
Details of the plan were contained in a message from a regional director of the of the CPT John Pockett to Welsh members, which was posted on Twitter by blogger Bubble Wales.
The letter said that ‘the Welsh Government will announce on Monday a “circuit break” lockdown to begin at 1800 on Friday 23 October and continue in force until 0001 on Monday 9 November.
As well as the closure of non-essential businesses it would also coincide with the half-term break in a bid to cause ‘as little disruption to schools as possible’ – although the letter claimed that a decision had not yet been reached on whether secondary schools would reopen after half-term.
While this has not been confirmed, it’s thought that an announcement about Wales’ next steps in its Covid battle will be announced on Monday – with Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford having previously said that the nation’s devolved government was looking ‘very carefully’ at introducing a circuit-breaker lockdown.
Which areas of Wales are currently in lockdown?
Around 2.3m people in Wales are already living under some form of lockdown restrictions, with the following areas affected:
- Blaenau Gwent
- Merthyr Tydfil
- Neath Port Talbot
- Rhondda Cynon Taf
- Vale of Glamorgan
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