New restrictions announced on Monday by the Welsh government will see Bingo Halls in Wales close again from Friday 4th December at 6pm.
In a series of new hardline measures all indoor entertainment venues, including cinemas, bingo halls, skating rinks and casinos, will be ordered to shut from this Friday at 6pm.
The Welsh First Minister also confirmed that all Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes in Wales will have to shut by 6pm and will not be allowed to sell alcohol.
Welsh COVID Issues
The new Wales' bingo hall closures come less than three weeks after a ‘firebreak' lockdown ended. However, the infection rate for coronavirus in Wales is increasing again. The infection rate has increased from 187 per 100,000 people over seven days on Friday, to 210 cases per 100,000 people.
The Welsh first minister, Mark Drakeford, said that by the 12th of January, the total number of people with coronavirus in Welsh hospitals could increase to 2,200. He said:
“Our modeling suggests at unless we act now between 1,000 and 1,700 preventable deaths could take place over the winter period.”
“We’ve seen further rises amongst the under 25 age group in 17 of the 22 local authority areas in Wales and more worryingly still cases of coronavirus are beginning to rise in the over 60 age group in most parts of Wales.”
The impact upon a struggling Welsh hospitality industry is expected to add even more financial pressure. However, help has been promised. Economy Minister Ken Skates said:
“These are incredibly difficult days for businesses and these decisions have not been taken lightly.
“We expect today’s £340m announcement to support tens of thousands of businesses and help protect many more jobs and livelihoods. It must also be remembered that UK Government support is also available to businesses.
“We will continue to do everything we can to support our firms and our people through these challenging times.”