Wales to introduce 2-meter coronavirus law to protect workers | Politics


Employers in Wales will break the law from next week if they do not ensure that staff are able to maintain the physical distance rule of 2 meters.

What are the restrictions?

People in the UK will only be allowed to leave their home for the following purposes:

  • Shopping for basic necessities as rarely as possible
  • One form of exercise per day – for example, running, walking, or biking – alone or with members of your household
  • Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travel to and from work, but only when absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home

The police will have the power to enforce the rules, including fines and the dispersal of rallies. To ensure compliance with the instruction to stay at home, the government:

  • Close all stores selling non-essential items, including clothing and electronics stores and other premises, including libraries, outdoor playgrounds and gymnasiums, and places of worship
  • Stop all gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding the people you live with
  • Stop all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals

The parks will remain open for the exercise, but the rallies will be dispersed.

Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford made it clear that he did not want businesses to be closed, but said it was essential to put the well-being of their employees first.

Employees across the UK at workplaces, including call centers, factories and construction sites, have expressed concern that they cannot be kept at a safe distance from their colleagues.

Drakeford said the Welsh government had listened to workers’ fears and would be the first in the UK to pass new legislation requiring employers to take “all reasonable steps” to comply with the 2-meter rule.

The Prime Minister has said the regulations will take effect Monday or Tuesday next week and that new guidelines will be issued to make sure employers understand what is expected of them.

He said, “It’s just a matter of telling employers that they need to prioritize the needs of their workforce. Their health and well-being must be a top priority.


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