UK Government told to stop showing England-only coronavirus ads in Wales
A Welsh MP has written to the UK Government calling on them to stop “confusing” people by showing their coronavirus adverts in Wales.
Arfon MP Hywel Williams said that England now had different rules and guidelines to Wales and that the “stay alert” ads should not be shown.
The Wesh Government has stuck with the ‘stay at home’ message and does not allow travelling for exercise or unessential travel to meet members of different households.
In the letter, Hywel Williams said that a number of UK Ministers when making announcements, including the Prime Minister, have failed to be clear that they only applied to England.
“During the last few weeks, there have been several disappointing examples of UK Government Ministers making policy announcements without making their territorial extent clear,” the Plaid Cymru MP said.
“I merely note that my colleagues and I have made representations to ministers, including the Secretary of State for Wales, asking them to make clear to the Prime Minister that he was speaking in large part about England only measures.
“All this has caused distress and confusion for many individuals and businesses in Wales, as evidenced by the vast number of emails I and colleagues have received asking for clarification about what applies to England and what to Wales.”
Hywel Williams added that he was concerned that any confusion created by the UK government’s lack of clarity between lockdown measures in Wales and England could threaten public health in Wales.
“Our progress in lowering community transmissions cannot be allowed to be undermined or reversed by mixed messaging,” he said.
“As Nicola Sturgeon has already requested for Scotland, I also ask that the UK Government refrain from deploying your ‘stay alert’ advertising campaign in Wales.”