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Labour blast ‘deeply irresponsible’ Tories for plan to scrap social distancing  

30 Mar 2021 2 minute read

Labour have blasted the Tories for their “deeply irresponsible” plan to scrap social distancing measures in Wales.

Lee Waters, the Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport took aim at the “reckless” suggestion from the Conservatives that they could come to an end in June.

Andrew RT Davies, the leader of the Conservatives in the Senedd has claimed it is a “cautious but irreversible plan will restore our freedoms in a safe and manageable manner”.

In response to the plan, Lee Waters, said: “It is deeply irresponsible to call for all social distancing measures to be lifted while people are still being vaccinated, and with new variants of the virus in circulation. The ‘Welsh Conservatives’ are being reckless, again.”

So far, the lockdown in Wales has been eased faster than the rest of the UK, but the Welsh Government has decided not to give target dates for each step.

The Tories have repeatedly criticised the Welsh Government for not providing a clear road map out of lockdown.

The Conservatives have said if they form the next Welsh Government, social distancing could come to an end on June 21, if the public health situation continues to remain positive and vaccination rates continue on the same trajectory.

Andrew RT Davies said: “Welsh Conservatives have been calling for a detailed roadmap for over a month, but our calls have been ignored by Labour ministers, who sadly believe if you give the Welsh public an inch, they will take a mile.

“We’ll change that concerning mentality.”

Welsh Labour has also claimed that “major parts of the plan are simply a cut and paste from the Downing Street website”.

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