News bulletin - Local coronavirus restrictions introduced to control outbreaks in North Wales; Local lockdowns – frequently asked questions; Visitors from areas with higher incidence of coronavirus; Reminder: New measures introduced for hospitality businesses - questions and answers.

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30 September 2020


Local coronavirus restrictions introduced to control outbreaks in North Wales

New coronavirus restrictions are being introduced in four local authority areas in North Wales – Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy and Wrexham – following a rise in cases, Health Minister Vaughan Gething announced on 29 September.

The new measures will come into force at 6pm on Thursday 1 October, to protect people’s health and control the spread of the virus in the four areas.

The new restrictions will apply to everyone living in Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy and Wrexham:

  • People will not be allowed to enter or leave each of these areas without a reasonable excuse, such as travel for work or education;
  • People will only be able to meet people they don’t live with outdoors for the time being. They will not be able to form, or be in, extended households;

The restrictions will be in addition to the rules that apply everywhere in Wales, including:

  • All licensed premises must stop selling alcohol at 10pm
  • Everyone over 11 will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public areas – as is the case across Wales.

The restrictions are being introduced following a rapid increase in the number of confirmed cases in coronavirus, which have been linked to people meeting indoors, not following social distancing guidelines and returning from summer holidays overseas.

The Welsh Government met with local authorities, health boards and police across North Wales on 29 September to discuss the situation across the region, and what measures could be taken to prevent the further spread of the virus and how to protect people’s health.

The local restrictions will not be introduced in Anglesey or Gwynedd at this stage, where cases are lower.

The new local restrictions will be kept under regular review. They will be enforced by local authorities and by the police.

Read the announcement in full on Gov.Wales.

Local lockdowns – frequently asked questions

Please see the FAQs on local lockdowns – they include queries that will be particularly applicable to visitors and accommodation operators e.g. 

I am not a resident of the [local health protection] area but I am currently in the area – do I now need to leave urgently?

  • If you do not have a good reason (a “reasonable excuse”) to stay in the area, you should leave as soon as practicable.
  • If you do have a reasonable excuse to stay, then while you are in the [local health protection] area, you should follow the local restrictions in place and limit your interactions with others as much as possible.
  • Once you have left the area, please be cautious about interacting with other people and be aware of any potential symptoms of coronavirus.

Visitors from areas with higher incidence of coronavirus

There is Welsh Government guidance available on taking all reasonable measures to minimise risk to exposure of Coronavirus and this includes detail relating to visitors to accommodation and other businesses.

Reminder: New measures introduced for hospitality businesses - questions and answers

All licensed premises in Wales are no longer allowed to serve alcohol after 10pm, and must close by 10.20pm.  Licensed premises now have to provide table service only. Off-licences, including supermarkets and convenience stores, also have to stop selling alcohol at 10pm. Online deliveries made by supermarkets and take-away delivery services will be permitted after 10pm but must not include alcohol.

The new measures are part of a package of co-ordinated actions to control the spread of coronavirus, which are being introduced across the UK and came into force in Wales at 6pm on 23 September and a detailed list of frequently asked questions is available.

You can read the measures announced by the First Minister in our News Bulletin.  Further details on the restrictions were outlined at the First Minister’s press conference on 23 September – view online here.

Stay up to date with tourism industry news

We are committed to providing the support and assurance the business community needs during these unprecedented difficult times and have issued several Coronavirus (COVID-19) related bulletins which can be found on the Tourism Industry Coronavirus (COVID-19) Bulletins page. 

Business Wales is providing businesses with tailored support and advice about dealing with coronavirus, from financial and supply chain planning to advice on staffing issues. We would advise Tourism businesses and stakeholders in Wales wanting specific guidance to visit the Business Wales website or call Business Wales helpline on 03000 6 03000, and to regularly visit the Public Health Wales website for up-to-date public health information for you, your staff and your visitors.