What we're expecting from the First Minister's briefing today
We're expecting to hear all non-essential shops in Wales will be able to open from 22nd June- if they comply with the physical distancing law.
The change is among measures set to be announced by First Minister Mark Drakeford this lunchtime as the Welsh Government shift aspects of our daily lives into the amber zone on their traffic light system.
The stay local rule is due to be reviewed by 6th July.
Yesterday 5 new deaths linked to COVID 19 were reported in Wales.
The Welsh Conservatives want to see the 5 mile travel restriction lifted too.
Leader of the Welsh Conservatives Paul Davies said:
“The Welsh Labour Government has finally woken up and listened to our calls to begin to re-open the Welsh economy in a safe and sensible way to protect lives and livelihoods.
“But while we welcome this announcement, it frankly beggars belief as to why travel restrictions are not being lifted too.
“Many retailers need custom from a wide area to survive and will go to the wall if they are forced to rely on local trade alone.
“It’s also unfair to prevent retailers from opening immediately, causing them to lose out on another weekend of trade, especially when they were advised three weeks ago to prepare for opening three weeks ago today.
“The longer the lockdown, the greater the damage to the Welsh economy and the more difficult it will be to recover.”
Plaid Cymru Shadow Minister for Health Rhun ap Iorwerth MS said:
“Many people will be glad to see yet another element of easing restrictions. However, we need to know not only which restrictions are being eased in the here and now but also which restrictions are expected to be lifted in the weeks and months ahead.
“Three weeks ago the First Minister asked non-essential shops to prepare to re-open safely. What we need to know now is which businesses and which sectors will be given guidance next to prepare for safe re-opening in three weeks’ time.
“I’m calling on the First Minister to relax restrictions as fast and as safely as possible and to consistently test and challenge the decisions they take as we move towards a new normality.
“However, the outbreak in my constituency today has shown that the threat of the Coronavirus is still very, very real."