Wales Bans Booze Sales After 10pm in Off-Licences and Supermarkets

Wales is to ban supermarkets from selling booze after 10pm when pubs shut under newly announced coronavirus rules.

WALES is banning off-licences and even supermarkets from selling alcohol after 10pm when the pubs shut under new coronavirus rules introduced by the government. The country has built on the new restrictions for pubs and restaurants in a bid to curb the drastic rise in cases.

Wales’ First Minister, Mark Drakeford, said the new rules will come into force from 6pm on Thursday. He said: “Once again, we are facing rising cases of coronavirus infections in different parts of Wales and once again we are seeing people being admitted to our hospitals with serious illnesses because of this virus. In the weeks and months ahead of us, there is a very real possibility we could see coronavirus regain a foothold in our local communities, towns and cities. None of us wants to see that happen again.”

The minister went on to say: “We need everyone to follow the rules and guidance and to take the steps to protect them and their loved ones. Together, we can keep Wales safe.”

Pubs, cafes, restaurants and casinos will all operate with table service in Wales under the new measures. And only six people are allowed to meet indoors and must be part of a single extended household. Face coverings must be worn on public transport, in shops and in enclosed public spaces.

In all, six areas of south Wales – Caerphilly county borough, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport and Blaenau Gwent – are now in a local lockdown.

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