Posted: Fri 31st Jul 2020

Updated: Fri 31st Jul

First Minister rejects local lockdown or stopping new easements as position ‘stable’ – but review situation ‘very carefully every day’ for people living in or visiting the wrexham area

Wrexham will not be subject to a localised lockdown, or excluded from the easements set to be announced in a few hours time.

Speaking on BBC Radio Wales this morning ahead of the lunchtime announcement the First Minister Mark Drakeford was asked about the situation in Wrexham.

The First Minister was pointed to the overnight restrictions in parts of England announced late last night, and that the Chief Medical Officer had said localised lockdowns were a last resort in Wales, and was asked if it was a consideration at least to not extend the forthcoming ‘greater freedoms’ to Wrexham and to ‘keep status quo in that part of the country’.

The First Minister said, “Yes, of course we discussed exactly, all those sorts of options. I and Vaughan Gething met with senior staff from Wrexham yesterday morning, the position was reported to us, is that things are stable, there are more infections every day but the number of additional infections is not raising.

“Weighing it all up, and knowing that the Wrexham spikes are contained to particular sites at the moment, we think it’s right to allow people in Wrexham to benefit from these steps ahead as well as everybody else, if we need to, we’ve always said we would take local action.”

“We review that very carefully every day.”

The First Minister was pointed to the fact pubs and restaurants will be able to open from Monday, and with concerns over community transmission would it be more sensible to ‘hold off’ for a few weeks on such changes in Wrexham.

The First Minister said “We were very aware of that argument and we rehearsed it here. The evidence that we heard yesterday let us to believe it wasn’t necessary to prevent people in Wrexham from being able to enjoy the things that everybody else in Wales will enjoy.

“We hope that people in Wrexham, as in everywhere else in Wales, will use these new possibilities carefully. We’ll take all the other measures we know we all need to take, and then we think that they, as others in Wales will be properly defended.”

The full announcements and Q&A session will be viewable live via some television channels, but in its entirety via the video feed that will appear on the @WelshGovernment twitter account just before 12:30pm.





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