Wales to restrict social gatherings to six people indoors to reduce spread of coronavirus

RULES about changes to who people can meet safely will be announced by Welsh Government today.

The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford will today (September 11) confirm changes to the rules on meeting people indoors to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in Wales.

The changes come as parts of Wales have seen an increase in cases of the virus linked to people meeting and socialising with others indoors but without social distancing.

From Monday, September 14, a new limit of six people will be introduced on the number of people who can meet indoors at any one time.

All six must belong to the same extended household group.

There will be no change to the current rules which allow up to four households to form an exclusive extended household in Wales, and no change to the rules on meeting outdoors.

Welsh Government state that these changes will not apply in Caerphilly County Borough Council area, where local restrictions have been introduced which includes a suspension on extended households meeting indoors to control a sharp rise in coronavirus cases and protect public health.

The decision follows Wales reporting a national total of 616 coronavirus cases according to the latest available Public Health Wales figures between September 3 and September 10.

Of this weekly total, it is recorded that 81 come from the counties that make up the North Wales region.

But, this number is likely to be higher due to a “technical issue” affecting the transfer of results from external lighthouse laboratories to NHS Wales.

This means a proportion of test results for the period 1pm on September 8 to 5pm September 9 were not included in Thursday’s figures and will be included in today’s update (Friday).

North Wales Pioneer | Llandudno