Five things you should know at the Welsh government’s Friday briefing on the Coronavirus – July 3, 2020


Prime Minister Mark Drakeford chaired the Welsh Government briefing on the Coronavirus epidemic in Wales on Friday 3 July.Here is a summary of what he had to say:

  • He hasn’t spoken to Boris Johnson since May 28 – five weeks ago

  • He met later Friday to discuss the resumption of team sports

  • Paying the wages of sick or self-reliant people is the responsibility of the UK government, not Wales

  • He does not expect to diverge from England in terms of the country people can visit via non-quarantine airlift

  • £ 7 million in aid has already been provided to the arts – but reopening is “not at all on the horizon”

  • R number, the rate of spread of coronavirus, is always less than one in Wales

  • Two-meter rule remains in place, but new guidelines may be released next week

  • Now is the time to lift the local stay requirement and allow households to form bubbles with another household

  • There are only 19 people in intensive care with Covid-19 in Wales

The Prime Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, speaks at the Welsh government office, Cathays, Cardiff, during his last Covid 19 / coronavirus press conference. pic Rob Browne

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The five-mile orientation will be removed from Monday

Speaking at the Welsh government briefing on coronaviruses on Friday, the Prime Minister announced that travel restrictions will be lifted in Wales from Monday, July 6.

This will eliminate the five-mile guide, allowing people to travel again across Wales, he said.

It will also support the outdoor tourist attraction industry, which may reopen to the public.

“If all goes well over the next week, it will mean the gradual reopening of the important visitor and tourism sector in Wales,” he said.

“A completely chaotic experience” with the British government on airlift

Drakeford said that dealing with the British government over the quarantine and airlift plan was a “completely chaotic experience”.

He said: “I said from the start on this border quarantine case that these are essentially questions for the British government.”

“If there was ever an example of making an announcement first and then trying to figure out what you meant by that, that’s what we saw,” he said.

The Welsh government has been trying to get a “sensible response” from the UK on how the plans will work, he said, adding, “I just have to say it was an impossible experience to follow.”

He said that the Welsh government is still unaware of the list that the British government will eventually publish, but that the Chief Medical Officer for Wales will review it and provide advice.

He said that if it didn’t cause damage to Wales, we would take him to Senedd to have the book of statutes entered.

He added that Wales was dealing with a government which “never seems able to form an opinion, let alone communicate it judiciously to decentralized administrations”.

Prime Minister hesitant to let Wales “pay for things that fall under British government”

Asked whether it is time for the Welsh government to lead by example and solve the problem of paying people sick with coronavirus, Mr Drakeford said the problem indicates a “fault line” difficult in the devolution regulation ”.

“It is really something that I am reluctant to do to use the money that has come to Wales to invest in devolved services and to divert that money to pay for things that are the responsibility of the British government,” said he declared.

He added that every pound spent on these matters is one pound less for matters that are truly the responsibility of the Welsh government.

The Prime Minister said that he had written to the PM about this a week ago but had still not received a response.

“We want people to do the right thing, we want people not to go to work if they’re not good, and we don’t want perverse incentives for them to do it because if they fear not to go to work, they won’t have enough to live on, “he said.

He added: “It needs a British solution and the British government has solutions that it could implement. »

The two-meter rule must remain in place – but other directives may be issued

Drakeford said the two-meter rule remains in force in Wales and will continue “except in certain defined circumstances”.

He recognized that “in some contexts” it is important “for other practical reasons” to reduce this distance.

With the right safeguards in place, he said the Welsh government will reduce the distance where it “thinks it’s the right thing to do”.

We will continue to review the evidence, he said, adding that in general “two meters is the best advice.”

He said new guidelines may be released next week.

When did the PM last speak in Drakeford?

Mark Drakeford was asked about the progress of communication with the British government.

He had previously complained that he had not had regular dialogue with the British leaders.

Drakeford said he hasn’t spoken to Prime Minister Boris Johnson since May 28 – five weeks ago


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