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Plaid Cymru calls on Welsh Government to enact mass gathering powers

POWERS that force large scale events to be cancelled should be used immediately by the Welsh Government, Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price has argued.

Writing to the First Minister Mark Drakeford, Mr Price said the “swift change of position from UK Ministers signals a recognition that they are acting too late to the spread of the virus when they should have been working proactively to delay its spread.”

The Plaid Cymru Leader added that the powers available to Welsh Ministers under the Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984 permits Welsh Ministers to prohibit or restrict the holding of events or gatherings.

Speaking on Sunday, Adam Price AM said:

“The lack of clarity surrounding the Welsh Government’s guidance on mass gatherings continues to cause confusion.

“Ministers should be using these powers now to give public reassurance and to mitigate against community transmission of Coronavirus.

“The public support for cancelling the Six Nations match on Saturday shows that people want and expect this to happen as a matter of urgency.”

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