A ‘fire-breaker’ lockdown rule banning supermarkets in Wales from selling ‘non-essential’ items is set to be reviewed.
First Minister Mark Drakeford announced the review on Twitter tonight in the face of widespread outrage at the measure.
Supermarkets were banned from selling ‘non-essential’ items in a measure meant to create fairness for other shops forced to close during the lockdown, and prevent ‘unnecessary’ shopping trips.
But shoppers were left baffled by which items were deemed not essential by the Government – as entire aisles including baby clothes were sealed off in supermarkets.
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The new Welsh lockdown came into effect on Friday night, in a bid to curb surging rates of coronavirus.
The fire-break lockdown includes regulations that stop supermarkets selling items like clothes, toys and games and electrical goods.
The government said it was to stop people making unnecessary shopping trips as they try to stop the spread of the virus.
The Federation of Small Businesses had also called for the ban so that local stores that had been shut in the firebreak would not lose out, North Wales Live reports.
But it has triggered a furious response from many with a petition against the restrictions attracting more than 32,000 signatures.
Pictures have surfaced of supermarkets restricting the sale of items such as baby clothes and greeting cards.
The Welsh leader tonight announced the regulations will be reviewed.
Mr Drakeford wrote on Twitter: “We’ll be reviewing how the weekend has gone with the supermarkets and making sure that common sense is applied.
“Supermarkets can sell anything that can be sold in any other type of shop that isn’t required to close. In the meantime, please only leave home if you need to. “
He added: “Thank you for all your efforts over the last 24 hours to stay at home. We know people are fed up. It’s not easy, but we all have a responsibility to stop the virus spreading.”
The Welsh Conservatives’ Health Spokesperson Andrew RT Davies had earlier called on Labour’s health minister to intervene and overturn the “ludicrous” ban.
“I have never witnessed such a fierce backlash against a decision from the Welsh Labour Government,” he said.
Tory Clwyd West MP David Jones said it will be “Amazon that cleans up” if the restrictions remain.
He warned: “We will have even more voids on the high street and more Amazon delivery vans.”