MS welcomes decision to keep face coverings mandatory in certain settings in Wrexham

Face coverings will continue to play an important role in helping keep us all safe from coronavirus in Wales.

Wrexham’s Member of the Senedd, Lesley Griffiths, has welcomed the latest Welsh Government announcement that confirmed face masks will continue to be required in certain settings.

Wales is currently at alert level 1 and the Welsh Government will outline its next steps at the latest 21-day review of coronavirus regulations, due to take place on Wednesday (14 July).

Ahead of the review, it has been confirmed face coverings will continue to be required in certain situations, such as public transport and taxis, and in health and social care settings, even if rules are relaxed further.

Lesley Griffiths MS said: “Although Covid-19 restrictions have been eased during the spring and summer months, the virus has not gone away and it continues to affect all our lives.”

“Case numbers have risen due to the spread of the delta variant and wearing a face covering is an effective way of reducing transmission.  Scientific evidence supports the use of face coverings, alongside other measures, proving to be particularly useful in busy or crowded indoor spaces.”

“Throughout this pandemic, the Welsh Government has adopted a cautious approach and I hope maintaining the requirement to wear face coverings in certain places will provide my constituents with greater reassurance.”

The latest announcement means Wrexham and Wales will look different to England after 19 July where face coverings and social distancing will no longer be required by law in most settings.

The Welsh Government is actively considering whether face coverings will still be required in other settings, such as retail, if restrictions are eased further, and announcements are set to be made later this week.