NEWS: Non-essential shops have “low impact” on COVID

The scientific advice that Welsh Government used to impose a three week circuit lockdown from Friday has been published.

It seeks to make the case for a firebreaker lockdown however the Technical Advisory Cell report says non-essential shops and outdoor socialising poses a very minimal impact on the rate of infection (R).

It raises concerns that the new lockdown imposed by the Welsh Government was not purely based on the scientific evidence.

Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for the Economy said in response to questions on these points: ‘The advice was that while a number of activities have small impacts on the R rate, taken together they have a significant impact. To keep schools open we need as many gains elsewhere as possible.”

Questions still remain over how closing hair salons for example, another sector said to be low risk, will impact education.

Technical Advisory Cell report

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