Supermarkets in Wales have been ordered to sell only essential goods

Supermarkets in Wales have been ordered by the Welsh government to only sell ‘essential goods’ during the 17-day national lockdown.

Shoppers will be unable to buy clothes and other non-essential items, the new rules have many people wondering what is seen as essentials and worry that they will see rows over what is in people’s trollies.

Russell George, Conservative MP, said it was “unfair” to force independent clothing and hardware retailers to close while similar goods were on sale in major supermarkets.

George said “It felt very wrong and disproportionate to the small businesses.”

Welsh First Minister, Mark Drake, responded saying, “We will be making it clear to supermarkets that they are only able to open those parts of their business that provide essential goods to people.

“And that will not include some of the things that Russell George mentioned, which other people are prevented from selling.”

There is no complete list of non-essential goods in the law on Friday, but businesses selling goods or services for sale or hire will have to close their doors on Friday, October 23.

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