Lockdown extended for three more weeks and schools shut in Wales

Lockdown has been extended for another three weeks in Wales with schools likely to stay shut until February half term.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said everywhere would remain in tier four until January 29th, when the next review is due.

If Covid cases haven’t dropped by then, pupils will have to continue learning online until at least mid-February.

Mr Drakeford said that restrictions will also be strengthened in some ‘key areas’, with the Welsh Government considering tighter rules for supermarkets.

He said: ‘The coronavirus pandemic has reached a significant point. Cases in Wales remain very high and our NHS is under real and sustained pressure.

‘The alert Level 4 restrictions we introduced before Christmas must remain in place to keep us all safe.

‘To slow the spread of the virus, we all must stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.’

Tier four means non-essential retail, pubs, bars, restaurants and leisure venues will remain closed, and people must stay home, work from home if they can, wear face coverings in indoor public places and not meet anyone outside their household or support bubbles.

Moving forward, all showrooms, for example cars and furniture showrooms, will have to close.

Mr Drakeford ruled out imposing a curfew, as many European nations have done, saying Wales was ‘not yet in a position’ where that was needed.

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