Wales’ First Minister has delivered his strongest rebuke of Prime Minister Boris Johnson yet, saying that the Welsh Government has “got it right in Wales – and I don’t think they’ve got it right over the border”.
Speaking at his daily press conference he said that Wales’ restrictions on people’s ability to travel were there because they didn’t want the virus to travel.
He was responding to Boris Johnson’s address yesterday in which he announced that people in England would be allowed to travel for exercise – while those in Wales will have to stay local to their homes.
“I think we have got it right in Wales, and I don’t think they’ve got it right over the border,” Mark Drakeford said.
“The further people go the bigger the risk is that coronavirus will start to spread again. That’s why we say to people in Wales – stay local. Because that reduces the risk.
“I have huge sympathy with people who have relations over the border and that applies to a huge number of us in Wales. We miss a lot our ability to have that direct face to face contact elsewhere, and it’s part of the sacrifice we are all making.
“But we are making the sacrifice for a very good reason. Because behaving in the way that we are really does protect ourselves and protect those other people. We mustn’t give up on it now.
“We’re doing the right thing in Wales. And by doing the right thing we are actually hastening the day when it will be possible to begin to lift those restrictions and to allow people to get back together again.”
Earlier Mark Drakeford said that people are not allowed to drive from England into Wales for exercise as the two countries move to different lockdown rules.
“I want to be clear – in Wales, it is Welsh law which applies”, he said. “We will use whatever means are available to convey this message, including signs on the major roads and motorways and articles in local newspapers along our borders.
“We will go on making decisions that reflect the decision on the ground here in Wales, and the responsibility that are ours to exercise.”