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The alert level 4 lockdown restrictions in Wales are to continue following a formal review by the Welsh government, the first minister, Mark Drakeford, has said.
Ministers are also examining whether additional measures need to be introduced in shops and workplaces.
The government said that unless there is a significant reduction in cases of coronavirus before 29 January – the date of the next three-week review of the regulations – school and college students will continue to learn online until the February half-term.
Drakeford 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.
“These feel like dark times but the new Covid-19 vaccines are being rolled out across Wales, giving us a path out of this pandemic.
“It will take a huge effort to vaccinate everyone and, despite the end of this pandemic being in sight, it is more important than ever that we follow the rules and stay at home. We have made so many sacrifices together and we mustn’t stop now.”
Following a formal review of the alert level 4 lockdown restrictions, which were introduced at midnight on 19 December, all the measures will remain in place.
This means nonessential retail, hospitality venues, licensed premises and leisure facilities will remain closed.
In addition, the government is reviewing whether major supermarkets and retailers need to put additional measures in place to protect people in stores and what else employers need to do to protect people in the workplace and support people to work from home.
Source: The Guardian
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