Wales lockdown: ‘Stay home’ order as Covid ‘firebreak’ to start later

Wales’ 17-day “firebreak” lockdown will start later as people are told to stay at home and pubs, restaurants, hotels and non-essential shops will shut.

The Welsh Government’s new restrictions are aimed to “slow” the rise of Covid-19 cases and hospital admissions with a “short, sharp” lockdown.

Economists have warned the lockdown may cost the Welsh economy more than £500m.

Gatherings indoors and outdoors with people not in your household are banned from 18:00 BST until 9 November.

People can be fined £60 for a first coronavirus restrictions offence, up to a maximum fixed penalty notice of £1,920. But if prosecuted, courts can impose an unlimited fine.

Primary schools will reopen after next week’s half-term break, but only Years 7 and 8 in secondary schools can return at that time under the new rules.

It comes as talks continue about moving Warrington into the highest level of England’s Covid-19 restrictions alongside Greater ManchesterLiverpool City Region and Lancashire after a surge of Covid-19 cases – while South Yorkshire will move into tier three on Saturday.

Stoke-on-Trent, Coventry and Slough will move to tier two on Saturday amid a rise in infection rates.

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