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What are the new Covid-19 lockdown rules in Wales?

What are the new Covid-19 lockdown rules in Wales?
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A new lockdown means new rules for Wales. So, what’s changing this time, and how do the rules affect you? Let’s take a look. 

When do the new rules in Wales come into force?

The restrictions begin on Friday 4 December 2020 at 6pm, and they’ll be reviewed on 17 December. However, that doesn’t mean we’ll see any relaxation of the rules – it all depends on the number of coronavirus cases and the pressure on the NHS. 

The good news? Whatever happens, the rules should ease a little between 23 and 27 December to give families a chance to mingle over Christmas. This will apply to the whole UK, not just Wales. The temporary break in restrictions will mean:

  • Three households will be able to form their own Christmas bubble
  • It’s okay to travel anywhere in the UK for these five days

What are the new rules in Wales?

Okay, so it’s not quite the same as the earlier firebreak lockdown, but it’s still pretty tough. Here’s a summary of what’s changed, and what you can and can’t do:

  • Pubs, cafes and restaurants must shut at 6pm. They can’t serve alcohol, but it’s still okay for up to four people from four households to meet inside these venues until closing.
  • The one exception? Businesses with an off-licence can sell takeaway alcohol up to 10pm. 
  • Indoor entertainment venues like cinemas, museums, galleries and bingo halls must close. Shops and outdoor visitor attractions are still open.
  • You shouldn’t let anyone inside your home unless they’re part of your extended household or it’s essential (e.g. emergency repairs).
  • You can’t travel to anywhere in England that’s in tier 3. It’s okay to visit tier 1 and tier 2 areas.

So, what will happen when these restrictions end? Well, we don’t know for sure just yet, but we could have something like England’s tier-level restrictions in place. You’ll probably still be advised to work from home where possible, limit social contact and avoid unnecessary travel.  

How can I protect my finances?

It’s completely understandable if you’re worried about how the new rules in Wales affect your finances. After all, the coronavirus pandemic has been really tough on all of our wallets.

Still, if we’ve learned anything this year, it’s how to look on the bright side. And with that in mind, here are some ways everyone can save (or even earn) a little cash right now. 

Run a Secret Santa

Secret Santa isn’t just for the office – it can be for family and friends, too. If you’re not in a position to buy everyone a present this year, think about setting up a Secret Santa instead.

It’s not just wallet-friendly, either. It’s a fun way to bring everyone together this festive season (even if we can’t all meet up over Christmas!)

Open a savings account

Since the new rules in Wales mean we’re not going out so much, it’s the perfect time to save money. Put whatever you can afford each week into a savings account and watch the money add up over time. The best part? You’ll have some emergency cash on hand should you need it. 

Start a side hustle 

Why wait until the New Year to start something new? There are plenty of ways to make money online or start a side hustle, so spend your free time investing in new opportunities and more skills. 

Takeaway

If you’re struggling with the new rules in Wales, don’t worry. You’re not alone. But lockdowns don’t last forever, and there’s plenty you can do to make the most of a bad situation.

If you’re really worried about your finances, though, or you’re feeling down, there’s always help available. Contact Citizens Advice for guidance, or speak to a mental health charity

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