Members of the public will be told to stay at home and leisure businesses will be shut, including cinemas, Variety has confirmed with the Welsh government. Pubs and restaurants will be closed, as will non-essential shops.
Filming of film and TV productions can continue in Wales, including during the circuit-breaker period, provided that they comply with the latest British Film Commission COVID-19 safety protocols or PACT/broadcaster safety protocols, Ffilm Cymru Wales, development agency for Welsh film, informed Variety.
In addition, productions are required to comply with latest Welsh Government guidance, which enables people who are not able to work from home, but those who are able to work safely in their workplaces, can do so.
People who live beyond the Welsh border can still travel to work in Wales, and vice versa, – it is considered a reasonable excuse.
The Welsh Government has created an extra Economic Resilience Fund of almost £300 million ($377 million) and an extra £150 million ($194 million) is being put into Phase 3 of the scheme. Funds will open in the first week of the circuit-breaker.
Primary schools will reopen after the half-term break. Secondary schools will see only years seven and eight return to classrooms, while universities will continue offering a hybrid model that combines online and physical classes.
Meanwhile, both indoor and outdoor gatherings of people who aren’t from the same household will be banned.
“If they are working to safe COVID guidelines as approved by the Wales and U.K. governments it shouldn’t have a major impact,” industry body Pact told Variety.
Productions set to shoot in Wales include ITV’s “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here,” which is scheduled to film in Gwrych Castle.
Wales First Minister Mark Drakeford announced the news on Monday after an emergency meeting of the cabinet. He described the firebreak as “a short, sharp shock to turn back the clock, slow down the virus and buy us more time.”
On Sunday, 16,982 people tested positive for coronavirus across the U.K., with 950 of them from Wales.
Wales is one of the nations and regions that make up the United Kingdom, which also includes Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.
All schools in Northern Ireland will close for two weeks from Monday. Since last Friday, sit-in customers haven’t been allowed in pubs, restaurants and cafes across the territory. Meanwhile, several parts of England are now under Tier Two and Tier Three restrictions.
Manori Ravindran contributed to this report.