Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes in Wales must CLOSE daily at 6pm – and booze will be bannedNovember 30, 2020
PUBS, bars, restaurants and cafes will have to close at 6pm daily from FRIDAY in Wales – and they won't be allowed to sell booze, the First Minister announced this morning.
Minister Mark Drakeford warned that the facts are "stark" as he announced tough new curbs just weeks after the firebreak ended.
From 6pm draconian new national measures will come into force in Wales, slapping tough curfews and booze bans on the hospitality sector.
Pubs and restaurants will still be allowed to do takeaway after 6pm – but it will be a heavy blow over the Christmas period.
Other entertainment venues will need to close, including cinemas, bingo halls, bowling alleys, soft play, casinos and skating rinks.
Mr Drakeford said this morning: "I recognise just how hard the hospitality and (leisure) sectors have worked to comply with the regulations.
"I know the new restrictions will be difficult, coming as they do at one of the busiest times of the year."
But he warned "we continue to face a virus that is moving incredibly quickly across Wales, and it is a virus that will exploit every opportunity when we spend time with one another."
It comes just three weeks after the firebreak lockdown in Wales ended.
For 17 days, people were given fresh stay at home orders.
And pubs, restaurants, shops and other non-essential businesses were forced to close.
The fresh measures suggest the lockdown did not do enough to push new cases down.
Mr Drakeford warned that if no action was taken, the number of people with coronavirus in hospital would jump to 2200 bymid-January, with as many as 1700 preventable deaths.
It is currently illegal to travel from England to Wales, but Mr Drakeford said he would review this rule when the English lockdown ends on Wednesday.
The Welsh Government will hand out an extra £180million to the tourism, leisure and hospitality forced to close.
The rules will be reviewed every two weeks, with the first review set for December 17.
It means there is still a chance restaurants, pubs and cages could reopen in time for Christmas.
The new measures don't change the rules on mixing with other people – which let people in Wales to form an exclusive bubble of with one other household.
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