Wales “firebreak” lockdown



Quick look:

  • Firebreak lockdown for the whole of Wales, from 6pm on Friday 23 October until the start of Monday 9 November 2020.
  • All gatherings with people outside of your immediate household will not be permitted, whether indoors or outdoors.
  • All businesses such as retail, hospitality, leisure etc, except “essential retail” will close, similar to the position in April.

After meeting with the Welsh Sports Association (WSA) and the Welsh Government, we can clarify the following points:

This is a “stay at home order”, people are expected to stay at home as much as possible.

  • All gatherings with people outside of your immediate household will not be permitted, whether indoors or outdoors.
  • You can leave home to exercise as often as you like, but it must only be done alone or with members of your own household. Exercise should start and end at your home.
  • This means that no personal training, sport (except for professional sport) or group exercise can take place in Wales during this period, indoors or outdoors.
  • If you live in Wales you are allowed to travel to England to work (unless it is a Tier 3 area of England).

All businesses such as retail, hospitality, leisure etc, except “essential retail” will close, similar to the position in April.

  • This means that all gyms, leisure facilities and community halls will have to close.

There are further funds being released by the Welsh Government to businesses affected, payment of some of these funds will be automatic.

  • The Welsh Government has created an extra Economic Resilience Fund of almost £300 million and an extra £150 million is being put into Phase 3 of the ERF. Every business covered by the small business rate relief will get a £1,000 payment while SME retail, leisure, hospitality and tourism businesses will receive a one off payment of up to £5,000. Funds will open in the first week of the fire breaker. All businesses required to close will also be able to access the support available through the UK Government.
  • We have also specifically asked about support for self-employed and freelance workers, and will provide more details when available.

You can find more information on the WSA website.

The Welsh Government has published a detailed Q&A, available here.


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