Labour’s Mark Drakeford has announced that Wales will go into a fresh lockdown from December 28th, as all four nations have toughened up the messaging around being cautious as rules are relaxed during the festive period.
In Wales, non-essential shops will close after the end of trading on Christmas, hospitality will close at 6pm on Christmas Day, and the country will enter a stay-at-home lockdown from the start of the following week.
“This pandemic is putting our NHS under intense and sustained strain. There are more than 2,100 people with coronavirus symptoms in our hospitals – equivalent to five general hospitals fully occupied by people with coronavirus,” Drakeford said.
As well as a third lockdown after Christmas, the First Minister of Wales announced new guidance – though not new legislation – for next week, when people will be legally allowed to form bubbles of three households for five days.
Urging caution despite the relaxed rules, Drakeford said: “The position from the Welsh government is that only two households should come together to form an exclusive Christmas bubble during the five-day period.”