Lockdown rules 'could be tightened' if people flout social distancing rules, warns First Minister

The First Minister of Wales has said he will not be bound by Westminster over when to end lockdown measures as he warned that restrictions could get worse if people flout social distancing rules.

Mark Drakeford said he will only relax social distancing measures "when the evidence shows it is safe" and not be "looking over our shoulders at what others are doing".

He also warned that social restrictions could be "tightened", including people not being allowed outside to exercise, if there is "large-scale flouting" of the guidelines.

Speaking at his daily news conference, the First Minister praised the majority of the public for adhering to the "enormous burden" of staying inside but added that fines could be increased if that changes, urging people to avoid going outside during the warm Easter bank holiday weekend.

Mr Drakeford announced earlier this week that restrictions would be extended next week ahead of a planned three-week review.

Mr Drakeford said a "great deal of work" is going in to the eventual relaxation of the lockdown but added that any decision on ending it would not be based on similar actions in England.

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