Last reviewed 8 January 2021

The alert level four restrictions introduced in Wales before Christmas are to remain in place and will be strengthened in some key areas to prevent the new, highly-infectious, strain of the virus spreading from person to person in those shops and workplaces which remain open.

This means that non-essential retail, hospitality venues, licensed premises and leisure facilities will remain closed and that all showrooms will now be closed although they will still be able to operate click and collect arrangements.

This will affect those selling kitchens, bathrooms, furniture and cars, for example.

The Welsh Government has said that it is reviewing whether major supermarkets and retailers need to put additional measures in place to protect people in store.

Employers will need to be aware that it is also considering what more they need to do to protect people in the workplace and to support people so that they can work from home.

Announcing the result of the latest review, First Minister Mark Drakeford said everyone must stay at home to save lives as he confirmed that, unless there is a significant reduction in cases of coronavirus before the date of the next three-week review of the regulations (29 January), school and college students will continue to learn online until the February half term.

The phased return to face-to-face learning at some Welsh universities has also been postponed, while internal GCSE, A-level and AS-level assessments have been cancelled.

As in England, childcare settings such as nurseries can remain open.

“Wherever there’s mixing,” the First Minister warned, “wherever people come together, the new strain is spreading — it is highly transmissible and spreads very quickly from person to person.”