Four new areas in Wales are facing additional coronavirus restrictions after a surge in cases on the country's north coast
- Restrictions will be introduced in Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy and Wrexham
- Residents will then be forbidden to mix with other households indoors
- People are also not allowed to enter or leave these areas without an apology
- The recent surge in coronavirus cases has been attributed to people socializing indoors
More than 500,000 people in North Wales will be slammed into local lockdown amid an increase in infections, the country's health minister announced tonight.
Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy and Wrexham residents will be banned from mixing with other households indoors from 6pm on Thursday.
Also, people are not allowed to enter or leave these areas without an appropriate excuse such as work or education.
The recent surge in coronavirus cases has been attributed to people socializing indoors.
Denbighshire, Flintshire, Conwy (the famous castle is pictured) and Wrexham are forbidden to mingle with other households indoors from 6pm on Thursday
Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said: "Unfortunately, we have seen increases in coronavirus cases in four areas of North Wales' local government – Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham and Conwy.
“These are largely related to people socializing indoors and are similar to the transmission pattern we saw in South Wales.
“We have worked closely with the local authorities and police in North Wales and we all agree that swift action must be taken to control and spread the virus.
“Large parts of Wales will now have local restrictions but I want to make it clear that this is not a national lockdown. This is a series of local restrictions in order to react to increases in individual cases.
“It is always difficult to make the decision to impose restrictions, but we hope these actions make a positive difference – just like we saw in Caerphilly and Newport, where local residents banded together and followed the rules.
“It is important that we all work together and support one another. It's not just about protecting ourselves, it's about protecting one another. & # 39;
These rules are in addition to nationwide restrictions such as a 10 p.m. curfew in bars and restaurants and an obligation to wear face covering in indoor public areas.
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