Welsh fire-break will end as planned First Minister confirms as England set for lockdown

Mr Drakeford is due to announce on Monday what rules will be in place for Wales after the fire-break ends. Credit: PA Images

The First Minister has emphasised that the Welsh fire-break period "will end" on November 9.

Mark Drakeford tweeted the confirmation hours before Boris Johnson announced that England would enter another local lockdown from Thursday 5.

Mr Drakeford said Welsh Government ministers will meet on Sunday to discuss border-related issues that arise from Boris Johnson's announcement.

Welsh Government have repeatedly asserted that the fire-break lockdown here will come to an end on Monday 9, to be replaced by another set of national coronavirus regulations.

The First Minister has already confirmed that there will be no return to local lockdowns and shops, bars, restaurants and gyms will be able to reopen.

Churches and places of worship will be also be able to resume services.

Full details on what rules will be in place following the fire-break are due to be revealed at the Welsh Government press conference on Monday 2 November.

On Saturday morning, the Welsh health minister told Times Radio that the current fire-break should mean no further lockdowns are needed before the end of the year - although he would not "rule out" further action before January.

At a press briefing on Friday, Mr Drakeford said the post-fire-break rules would be "a simpler set" of national regulations.

Boris Johnson confirmed at a press conference on Saturday evening that a month-long lockdown would come into force for England.

The lockdown will see people told to stay at home from next Thursday to December 2.

Non-essential shops will close, restaurants, pubs and bars will only be allowed to serve takeaway and people can only meet up with one other person from outside their household in an outdoor public space.

These rules will apply to people in England only.

It comes as recent data from the Office for National Statistics estimated that 568,100 people across England were infected with coronavirus in the week ending October 23.

The Prime Minister also said the government will extend furlough scheme payments at 80% for the duration of the new national lockdown measures in England.

Several Welsh politicians criticised the decision to extend furlough only now a lockdown for England has been announced, after an extension was denied to help Welsh businesses during the fire-break.

The UK Prime Minister announced a month-long lockdown for England only. Credit: PA Images