First Minister Mark Drakeford has just announced new restrictions for Wales in an attempt to prevent a second wave of coronavirus.

I am speaking to you this evening because once again, we are facing rising cases of coronavirus infections in different parts of Wales.

And once again, we are seeing people being admitted to our hospitals with serious illnesses because of this virus.

In the weeks and months ahead of us, there is a very real possibility that we could see coronavirus regain a foothold in our local communities, towns and cities.

This is a highly-infectious virus – we cannot let it take a hold of our lives again.

This morning, the First Ministers of Scotland and Northern Ireland, the Prime Minister and I agreed to take some further coordinated action across the UK to control the spread of coronavirus.

Tonight, I want to set out the national actions we can take to keep our family and friends safe.

Because we have taken a different approach in Wales, some of the actions being introduced elsewhere are already in place here.

Only meet six people indoors, and make sure that those six people are all part of your extended household.

And think carefully about making journeys: only travel when you need to do so. The fewer people we meet and the fewer journeys we make, the safer we all are.

To help people who are asked to self-isolate, we will provide a £500 payment to support those people on low incomes to take that action.

We will strengthen our regulations to ensure that employers support those who need to self-isolate in this way.

We will change the rules for sale of alcohol, so that from Thursday at 6pm, hospitality businesses in Wales – including pubs, cafes, restaurants and casinos – will have to close at 10pm. They will also have to provide table service only.

In some parts of South Wales, where we have seen the sharpest rises in cases, there are already even stricter local restrictions in place to protect people’s health.

Your efforts helped us get through the first wave in the spring – you followed the rules and helped reduce cases of coronavirus, protecting the NHS and saving lives.

We need everyone to follow the rules and guidance and to take the steps to protect them and their loved ones.


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