RESPONDING to the leaked letter that reveals Wales will enter a 17-day circuit break lockdown, Sian Gwenllian MS, Plaid Cymru Chief Whip and Shadow Trefnydd said:

“Based on the evidence we have seen and as we have repeatedly said over recent weeks, we believe that a national fire breaker is, regrettably, now necessary in Wales.

“We are concerned about the delay in making the decision and communicating it to the people and businesses of Wales.

“Whilst we would expect the Welsh Government to share its thinking with key stakeholders to allow them time to prepare, we are concerned about the lack of clarity and anxiety caused by a drip-feed of information circulating in the media and elsewhere over the weekend.

“The Welsh Government must urgently set out its plans for a national fire breaker through a ministerial statement on Monday morning at the latest.

“We have shared some important principles with the government which we believe must be at the heart of any fire breaker decision. We have outlined ways in which the time must be used to achieve the maximum positive impact and which mitigating plans and policies must be put in place to protect livelihoods and wellbeing.

“Clearly, the over-riding aims must be to bring the R rate significantly below 1 and to urgently focus on establishing a robust and effective test trace and isolate system.

“Once the government has set out its plans, the Senedd must have an opportunity to debate and vote on those plans which is why we will be asking the Llywydd and the Bus

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