Shops reopen Wales Ceredigion
First Minister Mark Drakeford is expected to announce today that non-essential retail shops can open from Monday

The Welsh First Minister is expected to announce that non-essential retail stores can reopen their doors from Monday onwards.

It is thought that Mark Drakeford MS will make the announcement this afternoon at the daily briefing.

Mr Drakeford said he would make a decision on whether to reopen the shops this week – something which Health Minister Vaughan Gething repeated at yesterday’s daily briefing.

Mr Gething told the public that any decision regarding the reopening of the shops would be left to Mr Drakeford in today’s briefing.

Putting workers at risk

The Health Minister also warned of the dangers of “bunched crowds” outside stores.

“We’ve been considering the evidence of transmission and infection across Wales, and the headroom across Wales,” Mr Gething said in yesterday’s briefing.

“The First Minister will outline tomorrow on any easements, on the basis that social distancing has to be in place.

“This comes with responsibility for all of us”

“If non-essential retail opens, we don’t want to see crowds bunched in places, in breach of social distancing. It will put workers at risk.

“This comes with responsibility for all of us.”

Mr Gething’s warning came after England reopened its shops on Monday 15 June.

Stores across the country saw massive queues as shoppers clamoured to visit their favourite stores for the first time in months.

How will the shops look?

The Welsh government has stressed the need to remain cautious when the shops do finally reopen.

As Mr Gething was very keen to emphasize yesterday, shoppers will need to strictly follow the two-metre social distancing rules.

Shops will have to limit the number of people in their stores at any given time to make sure that this two-metre rule can be followed while in-store.

In some smaller stand-alone stores – particularly in counties like Ceredigion – this could even mean one person/group at a time.

Stores have been given plenty of notice to implement these changes, however, with Welsh retailers being told to prepare for a possible reopening three weeks ago.

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