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First Minister clarifies lockdown rules in Wales

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has addressed the nation on coronavirus, saying that schools in England should be going back in June.

In his address, he also provided an updated on getting the country back to work, saying that if you can’t work from home, you should now go to work.

Boris Johnson said:

“We now need to stress that anyone who can’t work from home, for instance those in construction or manufacturing, should be actively encouraged to go to work.

“And we want it to be safe for you to get to work. So you should avoid public transport if at all possible – because we must and will maintain social distancing, and capacity will therefore be limited.

“So work from home if you can, but you should go to work if you can’t work from home.”

This advice differs from that in Wales, with Mark Drakeford announcing on Friday that Wales will remain in lockdown for the next three weeks.

Speaking yesterday evening following the announcement, the First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford reiterated his statement on Friday:

“This evening, the Prime Minister has set out the minor changes, which are proposed to the lockdown rules in England over the next three weeks.

“I set out the modest changes to the stay-at-home regulations we are making in Wales on Friday. These will come into force tomorrow afternoon.

Here in Wales, we will change the regulations so people can exercise more often and allow garden centres to open, if they can comply with social distancing.”

The advice in Wales has not changed

  • Wherever you can you should stay at home.
  • If you need to leave home for work, exercise or shopping, you should stay local and stay alert.
  • Coronavirus has not gone away
  • The way we behave over the weeks ahead will continue to have a profound impact on our NHS and our ability to save lives.
  • If you go out, stay local and stay safe.

The Prime Minister also set out his roadmap for the future. This is at an early stage because it depends on how the virus behaves over the coming weeks and months. It has been said that details will emerge over the next couple of days.

Mark Drakeford continued:

“This has helped us decide that schools will not return to normal on June 1.

“We will continue to make decisions, which are right for Wales, using information and expert advice about how coronavirus is circulating here to keep us safe.

“The health of the public is paramount. It will inform our decisions and we will continue to inform you as we plan for our future in the weeks ahead.

“Thank you for all your help and support. Together we can do this.”

Rhys Gregory
Editor of Wales247.co.uk

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