More than £200m to help small businesses during the coronavirus outbreak has been announced.

It comes after the prime minister on Monday urged people to avoid unnecessary social contact, whilst avoiding pubs, bars, clubs and theatres.

Those considered high-risk will soon be asked to stay home for a period of up to three months to prevent them catching Covid-19.

As a result of the money, businesses in Wales will see their business rates cut or reduced.

The Welsh Government said shops, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or less will receive 100% business rate relief. Pubs with a rateable value of between £51,000 and £100,000 will receive a £5,000 reduction on their bill.


will be available for a new grant scheme for small businesses.

New financial measures to help the economy are expected to be announced by Downing Street later today.

I know that helping businesses with their rates bills will not be enough to protect them from the severe drop in custom many are experiencing as coronavirus cases increase. We will be calling on the UK Government to act quickly and decisively to provide a very significant support package for vulnerable businesses and their employees.

Finance Minister Rebecca Evans said

First Minister Mark Drakeford welcomed £475m from the UK government on Monday on top of £360m promised at last week's budget, totalling £835m.

On Monday, the number of coronavirus cases in Wales rose by thirty, bringing the total number to 124.

A 68-year-old patient, who had underlying health conditions, was confirmed as the first person to die from the virus in Wales.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said "drastic action" now needs to be taken as he outlined new measures to try and combat the outbreak.

Supermarkets have seen their shelves emptied following panic buying. Credit: PA

What is the latest advice?

People across the UK have been told to avoid pubs, clubs and theatres, stop all non-essential contact and travel, and work from home if they can.

As part of the measures, anyone living in a household with somebody who has either a persistent cough or fever must now also isolate themselves for 14 days.

By the weekend, those groups particularly vulnerable to coronavirus will be asked to stay at home for 12 weeks.

What does the government mean by 'social distancing?'

  • Avoid contact with someone who is unwell.

  • Avoid public transport.

  • Work from home.Avoid large gatherings.

  • Avoid gathering with friends and family.

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