Support 100 years of independent journalism.

  1. Science & Tech
  2. Coronavirus
24 April 2020updated 06 Oct 2020 9:45am

Wales publishes framework for leaving lockdown

By Samuel Horti

The Welsh government has published the criteria by which it will decide when, and how, it can ease the coronavirus lockdown.

The framework is more akin to the UK government’s five tests for easing restrictions than the more comprehensive document published by the Scottish government yesterday. It does not lay out any specific measures the Welsh government might ease – rather, it asks a series of questions by which ministers will decide their future approach.

They are:

– Would easing a restriction have a negative effect on containing the virus?

Sign up for The New Statesman’s newsletters Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. Quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics from the New Statesman's politics team. The New Statesman’s global affairs newsletter, every Monday and Friday. The best of the New Statesman, delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. The New Statesman’s weekly environment email on the politics, business and culture of the climate and nature crises - in your inbox every Thursday. A handy, three-minute glance at the week ahead in companies, markets, regulation and investment, landing in your inbox every Monday morning. Our weekly culture newsletter – from books and art to pop culture and memes – sent every Friday. A weekly round-up of some of the best articles featured in the most recent issue of the New Statesman, sent each Saturday. A newsletter showcasing the finest writing from the ideas section and the NS archive, covering political ideas, philosophy, criticism and intellectual history - sent every Wednesday. Sign up to receive information regarding NS events, subscription offers & product updates.

– Does a particular measure pose a low risk of further infection?

Content from our partners
The shrinking road to net zero
The tree-planting misconception
Is your business ready for corporate climate reporting?

– How can it be monitored and enforced?

– Can it be reversed quickly if it creates unintended consequences?

– Does it have a positive economic benefit?

– Does it have a positive impact on people’s wellbeing?

– Does it have a positive impact on equality?

First Minister Mark Drakeford said lockdown measures would be kept under “constant review”.

“Coronavirus is not going to disappear – it is likely it will be with us for a long time. We will need to have some sort of restrictions in place for some time yet to continue to control the spread of the virus and reduce community transmission. This framework will help us determine what is right for Wales.”

Any easing of lockdown measures will be supported by a Wales-wide programme of “surveillance, case identification, and contact tracing”, he said.

Earlier today, Wales strengthened its lockdown measures. People that leave their home with a “reasonable excuse”, such as food shopping or for work, must return home without doing anything else, the government said.