Posted: Thu 11th Mar 2021

‘Stay local will be slightly different depending on where you live’ says Health Minister with review of Welsh coronavirus regulations due

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Mar 11th, 2021

Health Minister Vaughan Gething has said “stay local” requirements which appear likely to be introduced in Wales will vary for different parts of the country.

The Welsh Government is due to review the current stay at home restrictions which are currently in place nationally later this week.

The likelihood of a slight relaxation of the rules has been trailed recently by First Minister Mark Drakeford following a reduction in cases of the virus and hospital admission numbers.

The Health Minister has now provided further details during a press conference held at lunchtime.

When questioned on the merits of returning to the stay local instructions, Mr Gething said: “We are thinking about what stay local would mean and the First Minister will confirm that.

“But again, it’s asking people to stick with it for a period of weeks, and to be sensible about it.

“And to recognise that if like me you’re fortunate enough to live in Penarth then actually a few miles from Penarth, you can do lots of things.

“Whereas if I live in the middle of Powys or in the middle of Anglesey within a few miles I might not be able to do that.

“We do recognise that if we go to stay local, it will be slightly different depending on where you live. “I think that is something that most of us, in applying our common sense, recognise, so any guidance around that would recognise that too.

“A few weeks of that and then we think we may be in a position to go beyond that, but the First Minister will set out the confirmed thinking and choices of the government when he speaks to you on Friday.”

 

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