Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes across Wales will not be able to serve alcohol and must close 6pm in new restrictions which come into force on Friday, the First Minister has announced.

Mark Drakeford said coronavirus was “accelerating across Wales” and the gains achieved during the country’s 17-day firebreak lockdown were being eroded. Unless action was taken now, the number of people with coronavirus in Welsh hospitals could reach 2,200 by January 12, he added.

“From 6pm on Friday, our national measures will be amended to introduce new restrictions for hospitality and indoor entertainment attractions,” Mr Drakeford said.

“Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes will have to close by 6pm and will not be allowed to serve alcohol. After 6pm they will only be able to provide takeaway services.

“From the same date, indoor entertainment venues, including cinemas, bingo halls, bowling alleys, soft play centres, casinos, skating rinks and amusement arcades, must close.”



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