Welsh lockdown: More details announced


Details of the circuit breaker in Wales – and the support available to businesses forced to shut – has been made available.

Yesterday (Monday, October 19), the Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford announced there would be a two-week circuit breaker lockdown from 6pm this Friday (October 23).

The measures are to curb the rising cases of coronavirus.

The terms for the following retail businesses will be implemented:

Ag retailers – Expected to be allowed to remain open as long as they are Covid-secure

Hardware & DIY – can remain open

Homeware – can remain open

Health food stores – guidance to follow but expected to be able to remain open

Garden centres – Must close

Cafes, restaurants and takeaways – Only open for takeaway or delivery, no food consumption on premises and customers must wear mask inside premises to collect a takeaway

Click & Collect – Only allowed if you are a business that is allowed to open. Non-essential retail cannot offer this service

Car dealerships – Must Close

The Welsh Government has announced an enhanced support package – worth £300m – for those business impacted. It includes:

  • An extra £150m into phase three of the Economic Resilience Fund to support to businesses affected by the firebreak (circuit breaker).
  • Every operating business covered by the small business rates relief scheme will receive a £1,000 grant payment.
  • Retail, leisure and hospitality businesses which have to close and occupy premises with a rateable value below £50k will receive a one-off grant payment of up to £5,000.
  • There will also be additional discretionary grants and support for smaller businesses which are struggling.

To find out more and check your eligibility for support click here

More from the Welsh Government here

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