COVID lockdown shopping chaos in Wales as the announcement made by Welsh leader of Tier 4 restrictions
As the residents of South Wales heard the announcement from the Welsh government with short notice that the country was to enter a Tier 4 lockdown scenario at midnight – they hit the shops causing chaos in retail parks across the nation.
Whilst Welsh leader Mark Drakeford called for calm on his Twitter account after his announcement – thousands hit the shops taking no notice.
Despite the appeal from the Welsh leader, thousands upon thousands rushed out to beat the deadline.
Final Christmas shopping opportunities appeared to be the mindset as shoppers defied COVID safety and formed large lines outside of stores, with no social distancing taking place.
Lines formed around the block outside many stores tailing back several hundred meters.
Amongst many lines, social distancing was not observed with the majority of shoppers waiting in line unmasked.
As Global247news reporters observed the scenes from a safe distance, a Talbot Green store security officer described the scenes and revealed what was going on in-store, he advised: ” It’s crazy in there, the aisles are packed and there are people buying over 6 pairs of trainers at a time, we’ve just been advised of this new mutant fast-spreading virus and here we have hundreds of people pushing and barging in the aisles – we had to restrict entry, but they just line up, shoulder to shoulder, many unmasked, it’s clear they haven’t listened to a word the government have warned”
A Boots shop worker revealed how she left the store, due to feeling unsafe, she revealed: ” It’s chaos, utter chaos in there, we were just winding down after a busy day and the announcement was made, within in 20 minutes, we were rammed, people were flooding in through the doors in their droves, people were grabbing what they could with many arguing as products went out of stock, I suffer from anxiety and my manager allowed me to leave the store – I just couldn’t cope – it was manic”
Customers flocking into Sports Direct had to line up outside the store s there was no room in the store for customers and security had to take evasive action on several occasions as arguments broke out at the tills. Eye witness Jacob Tucker, a carpenter from Llantrisant told how he gave up, he said: “In fairness, I was already out shopping for my girlfriends Christmas present and then I got a text message telling me about the lockdown at midnight, within minutes the stores were rammed, word spread quickly, in Sports Direct there appeared to be no regard for safety at all, at the tills people were even face to face arguing as obviously, the salespeople behind the tills couldn’t cope with the large demand”
“It’s no bloody wonder Wales is in the state it is – when people have no regard for COVID safety whatsoever” he added.
Although later into the evening Welsh anti-COVID campaigner, Steven Thomas, made his latest statement in defiance to the Welsh leader, Mark Drakeford, to his thousands of supporters and followers, he said in his broadcast:
“Do you all get it yet? They promise you one thing and take it away. They tell you you have time to do your shopping for Christmas and then give you a few hour’s notice they will stop you.
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