What time is Wales going into lockdown today?

THE Welsh Government says a "sharp and deep" lockdown coinciding with half-term hols will avoid a more damaging one later on.

So, when does the two-week "fire-break" lockdown hit Wales?

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What time is Wales going into lockdown today?

Wales will enter a two-week "fire-break" lockdown from 6pm on Friday, October 23.

The aim is to protect the country's NHS from being overwhelmed by the resurgence of coronavirus.

The measures will last 17 days until November 9.

What are the lockdown rules in Wales?

People will be asked to stay at home and to leave only for a limited number of reasons, including exercise, buying essential supplies, or to seek or provide care.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said supermarkets would only be able to sell "essential" items during the firebreak to ensure a "level playing field" for retailers forced to shut.

They will not be allowed to sell things such as clothing and hardware.

Staff will be told to prioritise the sale of "important" essential goods during the 17-day lockdown.

Critics said the announcement would cause "confusion" and urged the Welsh Government to publish a list of retailers that will have to close.

People will not be able to meet indoors or outdoors with anyone they do not live with, with exceptions for those living alone.

All non-essential retail, leisure, hospitality and tourism businesses will close, along with community centres, libraries and recycling centres, while places of worship will also be shut other than for funerals or wedding ceremonies.

Food shops, off-licences, pharmacies, banks and post offices will be allowed to remain open.

When does lockdown end in Wales?

Wales will be in a fire-break lockdown for 17 days until November 9.

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