The Welsh government is set to announce this week whether all non-essential retail shops can reopen.

First Minister Mark Drakeford has said that the government will decide over the coming days whether Wales will reopen shops that were deemed non-essential.

Thousands of shops across the country were forced to shut their doors after the government announced stringent lockdown measures following the coronavirus outbreak.

But from today onwards, all non-essential retail shops in England were given the green light to reopen their doors following an announcement from Boris Johnson.

Devolved power

Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland have been given full control over their own lockdown measures, with the PM devolving power to each country.

This has led to many differences in rules between the four countries, with Wales generally adopting a tougher approach to easing the lockdown than England.

Boris Johnson has even said there was “margin for manoeuvre” in the 2m rule as the number of coronavirus cases falls, something which the Welsh government is yet to comment on.

Mr Drakeford has now said that the government is set to announce whether it will follow in England’s footsteps by reopening everything deemed non-essential – including Debenhams, Waterstones, and Halfords.

Do you think the Welsh government should reopen non-essential retail shops?

Businesses should prepare to follow the 2m rule

In a post to social media the First Minister said: “Non-essential retail remains closed in Wales.

“We will make a [decision] on whether they’ll reopen later this week.

“Businesses should prepare for reopening by ensuring that they are able to adapt to follow the 2m rule.”


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