Police to patrol Welsh roads to stop visitors from English covid hotspots

Henrietta Strickland
October 16, 2020

"Mr Davies took the First Minister to task during Plenary today (October 14), and referred to a statement made by the leader of the Labour Party on September 23 when he said that the Welsh Government was not seeing any spikes at all in infection due to travel and tourism".

The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) has reacted to news that Welsh Ministers are to introduce new regulations preventing people from travelling to the country from areas of United Kingdom with a high prevalence of coronavirus.

The Welsh government said its decision came after Johnson did not respond to Drakeford's request to make advisory travel guidance in English coronavirus hotspots mandatory.

Following the annoucement, she tweeted: "Fully support @fmwales on this".

"These are public health decisions, and nothing to do with constitutional or political debates", she said in a social media post.

"@scotgov will also take whatever action we consider necessary to control COVID".

"Mr Davies said that the people of Wales deserve to have sight of the data that underpins the Welsh Labour-led Government's position on this matter, so that they can be confident that the Government's actions are proportionate to the threat of the virus in their area".

"In other locations, provisions are more relaxed, so this proposed travel ban adds yet another level of complexity to policing".

But Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, backed Mark Drakeford after he announced the plans.

BBC Breakfast host Charlie Stayt asked: "Maybe people traveling from outside of Wales in these areas you are concerned about have booked into holiday accommodations or hotels".

"That meant you weren't able to travel more than five miles or so from your own home and, of course, we have people coming across the border into Wales".

"But to create a physical barrier or a policy barrier that is so clear and stark between Wales and England, at a time when we've been trying to open the borders, I think the tone and the language that the First Minister is using is quite unsafe".

'If he isn't willing to do so then the timetable is for us to use the powers in Wales by the end of the week'.

Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price has also welcomed the Welsh Government's plan, saying the announcement was "long overdue" and necessary to protect people in Wales.

More than 330 people who tested positive for coronavirus are being treated in hospitals across Wales this week, up by more than 100 from the week before, according to the Welsh government. "We all need to act now to stop the spread of the virus and protect our NHS this winter", it said on Wednesday.

A ban on travelling to Wales from coronavirus hotspots elsewhere in the United Kingdom comes into effect on Friday evening.

He said that if the Prime Minister had supported the measure, it would have reinforced "the sense of acting together across the United Kingdom".

"If he can not or will not, then he must review and rescind this ban immediately". "With half term arriving for much of England next week, timing is now critical".

Police commissioners in Wales suggested they could set up road blocks and follow up tips.

He explained: "We have other measures in place already, which may be helping us to begin to turn the tide. If there's not, if numbers continue to rise, then we will have to take further action".

The Welsh government said it intended the ban to come into force on Friday at 1700 GMT.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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