Non-essential retail in Wales to close after Christmas Eve trading for new lockdown
The Welsh Government has announced non-essential retail will have to shut after Christmas Eve trading in a new countrywide lockdown.
The First Minister made the statement today (December 16) as part of measures to curb rising coronavirus cases. He said that after the short Christmas period of more flexible restrictions ends on December 28, Wales will go into a Level 4 lockdown with the tightest measures.
The following announcement were made:
- All non-essential retail will have to shut from the end of trading on Christmas Eve
- The regulations are expected to be published on Friday (December 18), along with the guidance
- Ministers have yet to determine the position of the sale of non-essential items by essential retailers, but officials have stressed how are feedback has been taken on board and it is likely that the approach taken in England will be adopted. (Reasonable measures)
- Click and collect will be permitted in the Level 4 lockdown, but will need to take place outside of store
- We expect that the classification of non-essential shops will remain the same as the firebreak
- Details on support packages available for businesses affected will be made by the end of the week.
- More widely, all of Wales will enter Level 4 lockdown on December 28
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