At 6p.m. on Friday, 23 October 2020 a short, sharp “firebreak lockdown” lasting a fortnight (until the start of Monday, 9 November) is being introduced across all of Wales to help regain control of coronavirus.

This is a series of restrictive measures designed to save lives and prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed. Cases of coronavirus have been rising sharply in Wales as the virus has woken up for winter. While the national and local measures put in place across Wales have helped to keep that spread under check, there is a growing consensus that additional action is now needed.

The five, new main restrictions are:

  • People must stay at home, except for very limited purposes.
  • People must not visit other households or meet other people they do not live with.
  • Certain businesses and venues, including bars, restaurants and most shops must close.
  • Secondary schools will provide learning online only for the week after half-term, other than for children in years seven and eight. Primary schools and childcare settings will remain open.
  • Face coverings continue to be mandatory in the indoor public spaces that remain open (subject to certain exemptions and exceptions), including on public transport and in taxis.

Failure to comply with these restrictions can result in immediate removal, fines and criminal proceedings. The purpose of this short lockdown is to create a concerted national effort to do everything we can to stop the spread of coronavirus, and every individual contribution to that counts.

For additional information and guidance on the firebreak lockdown, please see the following link.