The Welsh circuit-breaker or fire-break 19 October 2020

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A circuit-breaker - or ‘fire-break’ - national lockdown has been announced by the Welsh Government, and is scheduled to commence on Friday 23rd October 2020.

The press release regarding the announcement can be found here https://gov.wales/national-coronavirus-fire-break-to-be-introduced-in-wales-on-friday  

As a result, ‘non-essential’ businesses and private facilities will be required to close from 6pm on Friday, until Monday 9th November.   

Any current local lockdown regulations will be superseded by the new national lockdown rules.   

FAQs, in particular with regards to sport and exercise, during the fire-break lockdown can be found here https://gov.wales/coronavirus-circuit-break-frequently-asked-questions#section-53257  

While people will be asked to stay at home during this time, Welsh Government has contemporaneously acknowledged the importance of exercise for the nation’s physical and mental health; The public will therefore be permitted to leave home to exercise outdoors during the lockdown, but exercise should start at home, or as close to it as possible - and exercise must be undertaken either alone, or with members of your household (and/or a carer) ONLY.  

Businesses affected by enforced closure may wish to consult the Business Wales website for regularly updated guidance about support and resources available to them. As an example, businesses covered by the small business rates relief scheme are due to receive a £1,000 grant payment.  More details will be available here https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice/covid-19-business-support-finder   

Cricket Wales urges the Welsh Cricket family to continue to play its part in the national effort to counter the Coronavirus, and to help each other to stay safe and well, both physically and mentally.  

We will continue to liaise with Sport Wales and the Welsh Sports Association, alongside colleagues in Welsh Government, and will update clubs and participants on the likely implications for sport following the fire-break as soon as further details emerge.

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