Mark Drakeford announces ‘firebreak’ lockdown in Wales

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced that Wales will go into a national ‘firebreak’ lockdown from 23 October until 9 November.

The ‘time-limited’ move will mean that everyone will be told to stay at home, while pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops will shut. Furthermore, gatherings indoors and outdoors with people not in a single household will be banned.

Leisure businesses, community centres, libraries and recycling centres will shut. Places of worship will be closed for normal services, except for funerals and weddings.

Drakeford’s address also revealed that primary schools will reopen after the half term break, but only Years 7 and 8 in secondary schools will return at that time. Meanwhile, niversities in Wales will continue to provide ‘a blend of in person and online learning’.