Over 500,000 residents in North Wales are to be placed into a local lockdown, the Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething has announced.
Gething said that from 6pm on Thursday new restrictions will be imposed in Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy and Wrexham.
People will not be allowed to leave or enter these areas unless they are travelling to work. Mixing with other households inside will be banned, but they can meet outside.
The Welsh Health Minister said, “Large parts of Wales will now be subject to local restrictions, but I want to be clear, this is not a national lockdown.
“These are a series of local restrictions to respond to rises in cases in individual areas.”
The Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging him to urgently consider imposing similar restrictions across England.
Drakeford wrote, “I ask that you give urgent consideration to the introduction of similar travel restrictions in the current high infection areas of England to those we have here in Wales.
“This would be a significant step in lessening the risk that we collectively face, and give communities in border areas considerable reassurance that we are taking every possible step to protect them.”
He added, “Although we have implemented different policy responses in the four nations of the UK at different times during this pandemic, and, of course, this will continue, I urge you to consider these additional measures as part of our shared aim of public health protection for all four nations.”