Wales says it will ban people from Covid hotspots in England traveling across the border starting Friday – but how are they going to enforce that?
- First Welsh Minister Mark Drakeford revealed the travel ban on COVID hotspots
- Restrictions apply to residents in the rest of the UK from 6:00 p.m. on Friday
- Critics rejected the idea as unenforceable and tried to ban the English.
Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford
Welsh ministers were furious today after posting an exceptional offer to ban coronavirus hotspots from entering the country.
First Minister Mark Drakeford has been accused of being obsessed with a "ban on the English" after announcing the move that would make people "concerned and fearful" of importing infections.
Blaming Boris Johnson for the action, he said the Prime Minister ignored two letters asking him to put travel restrictions in areas of England with high case rates.
However, there were immediate questions about how the measure, due to be received on Friday from 6 p.m., could possibly be enforced.
Police commissioners in Wales suggested putting in place roadblocks and following tips.
The drastic restrictions come after Nicola Sturgeon suggested that she was also considering a ban and warned Scots not to travel to Blackpool, as 180 cases north of the border were recently linked to the coastal city.
Wales has 17 areas with higher local closures that contain rules against entering or leaving the area without an adequate excuse such as work or education.
Currently, people living in Covid-19 hotspots elsewhere in the UK can enter non-restricted areas in Wales where virus levels are low.
Under the regulations in preparation, people living in high coronavirus areas in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will not be able to travel to Wales.
Mr Drakeford told the Welsh Parliament: 'I have therefore asked that the work be carried out so that the delegated powers can be used to prevent people from traveling to Wales from areas of high prevalence in the UK.'
He said it was "important" to stress that this was not an issue related to the border between Wales and England, but an "issue of fairness".
“We have heard from the Scottish First Minister and she is eager to support what we are trying to do here. Now is the time for the Prime Minister to do the same, ”Drakeford told the Senedd.
"If he's not ready, we have to use the powers in Wales by the end of the week."
In brutal clashes with Keir Starmer at PMQs, Mr. Johnson rejected SAGE's demands for a "wretched" national "breaker".
The drastic restrictions come after Nicola Sturgeon (pictured today) suggested that she was also considering a ban and warned Scots not to travel to Blackpool as 180 cases north of the border were recently linked to the coastal city
Ms. Sturgeon said earlier at the Scottish Government's press conference that she supports Mr Drakeford's drive to introduce travel restrictions across the UK and would not rule out imposing her own.
"I want to make it clear today that I support the calls made by the First Minister of Wales and I will write to the Prime Minister today to seek urgent talks on the matter," she said.
Ms Sturgeon added, "With regard to travel restrictions, we will do so when we believe that formal travel restrictions are being put in place where necessary, and I am not ruling out this – I'm not ruling out anything."
The Chief Executive of the Welsh NHS, Dr. Andrew Goodall said he would also "welcome any action to help us control levels of community transmission" when asked if he was in favor of the travel ban.
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