The government of Wales has announced it will enter a two-week ‘firebreak’ lockdown from Friday, October 23 to Monday, November 9.
Under the plan, pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops will have to shut, as well as leisure businesses, community centres, libraries and recycling centres.
The Welsh Government will provide a package of almost £300mln for businesses, complementing wage-support schemes implemented by Westminster.
Those covered by the small business rates relief will receive a £1,000 payment, while small and medium-sized retail, leisure and hospitality businesses which have to close will receive a one-off payment of up to £5,000.
The £80mln fund announced last week to help businesses develop in the longer term, will be increased to £100mln, which includes £20mln ring-fenced for tourism and hospitality.
People will be asked not to go out unless absolutely necessary while primary schools will reopen after the half-term break. Residents of other UK areas placed in tier 2 and 3 are banned from entering Wales.
Wales’s R number is currently between 1.1 and 1.4, meaning there are more than 130 cases for 100,000 people.
Meanwhile, leaders of Greater Manchester are negotiating a financial package with Westminster before entering tier 3 of lockdown, which requires bars and restaurants to close.
Published at Mon, 19 Oct 2020 12:34:00 +0000-Coronavirus: Wales to enter two-week ‘firebreak’ lockdown