‘Non-essential’ retail ordered to close in Welsh and Irish lockdowns

All non-essential retail in Wales is to shut for a fire-break lockdown

All ’non-essential retailers’ in Wales and the Republic of Ireland must close as a new Covid-19 lockdown comes into force.

Welsh first minister Mark Drakeford revealed that the new measures, which include a “requirement to work from home” for everyone other than critical workers and a ban on social mixing indoors and outdoors, will run until November 9.

An additional £300m of emergency resilience fund financing will be made available to businesses affected by the ’firebreak’ lockdown, which includes hospitality as well as retail.

Companies covered by small business rates relief will receive a £1,000 payment, and small and medium-sized retail, leisure and hospitality businesses that must shut will be entitled to a one-off payment of up to £5,000.

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