Posted: Thu 11th Mar 2021

Wales lockdown review: Conservatives renew calls for roadmap out of lockdown

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

Ahead of tomorrow’s Welsh Government update on Covid-19 restrictions, Welsh Conservatives have renewed calls for a roadmap out of lockdown for “families, workers and businesses in Wales.”

First Minister Mark Drakeford will outline the next steps to easing lockdown restrictions when he holds a press conference on Friday afternoon.

Current stay at home rules are expected to be replaced by an intermediate ‘stay local’ step prior to any further easing of travel restrictions being lifted.

Speaking ahead of the First Minister’s announcement, Conservative Senedd leader, Andrew RT Davies called on Labour ministers not to reimpose the “five-mile rule” with an easing of travel restrictions expected.

He also called for “windows of opportunity” to be provided for businesses in Wales, as well as a relaxing of restrictions on exercise if the data allows.

Mr Davies said: “Labour should use this review to provide some hope and above all a detailed plan for families, workers and businesses across Wales.”

“As a priority, this should include dates and windows of opportunity for businesses in the retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism sectors. It’s the least those sectors deserve.”

“I believe it’s important we see a greater acknowledgement from ministers over the importance of exercise to the mental and physical wellbeing of so many people in Wales, and where data allows, we should look to reopen gyms and ensure our sporting fields are once again occupied, particularly for our children.”

“Given the great national effort, it’s also the right time to end the “stay at home” regulation but encourage people to “stay local”, but without reintroducing the arbitrary five-mile rule.”

“The great British and Welsh vaccination story has improved the situation considerably and as Welsh Conservatives we are unapologetic about our focus on getting Wales back on track after this gruelling and painful ordeal for our country.”

“That should now start with a roadmap out of lockdown. And for the sake of families, workers, and businesses across Wales, I hope Labour ministers listen.”

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