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The rules you should know before crossing Severn bridges

The next few days will see tougher coronavirus restrictions rolled out across the UK – but the rules differ between the devolved nations.

Anyone heading from Bristol across one of the Severn Bridges should be aware of the new measures across the Welsh border, which could affect their plans for visiting, holidaying or working.

Wales has also seen a rise in cases, and First Minister Mark Drakeford announced new restrictions yesterday (Tuesday, September 22), as reported by WalesOnline.

He said: “In the weeks and months ahead of us, there is a very real possibility that we could see coronavirus regain a foothold in our local communities, towns and cities.

“We have all sacrificed so much. Families have lost loves ones. People have lost jobs and livelihoods.

“This is a highly-infectious virus – we cannot let it take a hold of our lives again.”

Six local authorities in Wales are already in local lockdown, with Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Newport and Merthyr Tydfil following Rhondda Cynon Taff and Caerphilly in a lockdown at 6pm yesterday.

Cardiff, Swansea, the Vale of Glamorgan, Carmarthenshire, Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire are now classed as “areas of concern”.

The list below applies to Wales generally, as the areas in lockdown have stricter measures.

Rule changes in Wales:

  • Pubs, cafes, restaurants, casinos and any other hospitality businesses will have to close at 10pm. They will also have to provide table service only. This applies from Thursday at 6pm and mirrors the same measures being taken in England
  • Off-licences, including supermarkets, will also have to stop selling alcohol at 10pm
  • A £500 payment will be issued to support people on low incomes who need to self-isolate, and regulations will be strengthened to ensure that employers support those who need to self-isolate in this way
  • The First Minister also asked people to only travel when you need to do so, saying: “The fewer people we meet and the fewer journeys we make, the safer we all are.” However, outside of the areas with stricter lockdowns, this is only guidance rather than a legal obligation

Working from home where possible is already an order in play, as is the obligation to wear face coverings on public transport, in shops, and in enclosed public spaces.

People in Wales can also only meet six people indoors, and those six people all have to be part of their extended household.

You can see the list of England’s new rules here for comparison.

Additional rules coming into force here include a 15-guest limit for wedding ceremonies and receptions.



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