Wales announces non-essential retail opening

The Welsh Government has announced its first steps out of lockdown, with announcements of when non-essential retail will be expected to open.

12 Mar, 21

Wales has announced its first steps out of lockdown, with the Welsh Government announcing when non-essential retail will be expected to open.

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It has reported the first steps to re-open non-essential retail will begin on March 22, but this will mean lifting the restriction of non-essential items sold in shops which are already open.

A further review on April 1 will consider whether all shops can open on April 12, in line with the planned re-openings in England.

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It was originally hoped “some non-essential retail” would be opening in a “step-by-step” process from March 15. But the latest announcement will not see kbb showrooms open until April 12, at the earliest.

First Minister Mark Drakeford unveiled additional financial support of £150million for those businesses still unable to open.

The extra funding will be for businesses in non-essential retail, hospitality, tourism and leisure that pay non-domestic rates and will qualify for an additional £5,000.

Wales announced a circuit break with all non-essential installations to stop from October 23 to November 9.

But the Welsh Government reversed that decision and kbb installers have been able to work in Wales, even during its circuit break.

First Minister Mark Drakeford added: “We all want to see Wales re-open and the return of a more normal life. This is within sight – but only if we can keep the virus under control.

“No one wants us to have to reintroduce strict restrictions, to retreat from the progress we have made. Only by working together, can we help keep Wales safe.”