Supermarkets in Wales will only be able to sell ‘essentials’ during fire breaks


Supermarkets will only be able to sell “essential” items while the firewall is locked, Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said.Starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, grocery stores will no longer be able to sell products like clothing to make it fairer to independent businesses that will be forced to close during the two-week lockdown.

Between October 23 and November 9, all pubs, restaurants and the majority of shops in Wales will have to close to try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. You can read the full lockout rules here.

But Mr Drakeford said there would also be tighter restrictions on what supermarkets can sell during this time compared to the latest nationwide lockdown to create “a level playing field” for small businesses.

During Thursday’s Senedd committee session, the prime minister explained, “In the first round of restrictions, people reasonably understood that supermarkets were not shutting down everything they might need.”

“I don’t think people will be that understanding this time. ”

During the session, Mr Drakeford was criticized by Tory Senedd member Russell George, who expressed concern over the closure of clothing and hardware stores while the same items were on sale in supermarket chains .

The BBC reported that the Prime Minister replied, “We will make supermarkets understand that they can only open the parts of their business that provide people with essential products.

“And that won’t include some of the things Russell George mentioned that other people are prevented from selling.”

“We will make sure that the playing field is leveler over the next two weeks. ”

Mr George has now called for the release of a full list of businesses to close following the firewalls lockdown.

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He said: “It is of deep concern that, given that we are days away from foreclosure, we are still awaiting the release of a full list of types of businesses to be closed, as well as advice on business closures. .

“In a time of considerable uncertainty, it is totally unacceptable – whether intentionally or not – to create even more worry and anxiety, which this government unfortunately succeeds in doing.

“The people and businesses of Wales deserve better than to be left in the dark. For the sake of jobs and people’s livelihoods, I urge the Welsh Labor government to heed our calls and publish a list, without delay. “


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