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Coronavirus (Covid-19): Wales firebreak Lockdown

Monday October 19, 2020 at 4:26pm
Coronavirus (Covid-19):  Wales firebreak Lockdown

Wales is imposing a "firebreak" lockdown for 17 days from 6pm on Friday (23rd October), the Welsh government has announced.

The new Covid-19 lockdown will take Wales back to the restrictions introduced in March, with most businesses shutting, and people being told to stay at home and work from home where possible.

The measures include:

  • Non-essential retail, leisure and hospitality businesses to close
  • People told to work from home wherever possible, with exceptions for critical workers
  • Household mixing banned both indoors and outdoors, although those in social bubbles will still be able to meet
  • Primary schools open after the half-term week and secondary schools will open only to Year 7 and Year 8 pupils
  • Places of worship to be closed except for weddings and funerals
  • The circuit break will last until Monday 9 November

    For ACU motorcycle sport, that unfortunately means that any permits issued for competition or activity in any ACU discipline in Wales during this period cannot go ahead as planned and as such all permits issued will be cancelled during this period. 


    First Minister Mark Drakeford said the introduction of a new lockdown would deliver a "short, sharp shock.  Everyone in Wales will be required to stay at home. All non-essential businesses will have to close."  Mr Drakeford said “without the new measures, the NHS will not be able to cope”. 

    Roy Humphrey, Chairman ACU Ltd commented “This measure taken by Wales has been muted for a few days now, so it is no great shock that this announcement has been made.  All we can do as a responsible governing body is react to the decisions made by the UK Government and those of the Welsh and Scottish administrations.  We need to do what we can to minimise the risk of spread of infection”.

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