Facemasks in shops to be compulsory in Wales

The wearing of facemasks in shops is to be made compulsory in Wales from Monday.

Mark Drakeford, the First Minister, said the change is needed due to the increase in Covid-19 in the Principality. In addition indoor meetings of more than six people from an extended household will be made illegal.

These rules do not apply to children under the age of 11. Up to 30 people from different households will still be able to meet outside.

Mr Drakeford said: “Today for the first time we will go to a point where 20 people in 100,000 are suffering from coronavirus in Wales.

“That is the threshold we use for people to have to quarantine coming back into the UK.

“And having reached that today, we will be making the use of face coverings mandatory in shops and in closed public spaces in Wales.”

Caerphilly County remains under a local lockdown.


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