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Coronavirus: Wales’ stay home advice ‘has not changed’

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Mark Drakford announced changes to the lockdown in Wales on Friday

The stay-at-home message in Wales has not changed, the First Minister Mark Drakeford has said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a change to the UK government’s advice in England – calling on people to “stay alert, control the virus” and “save lives”.

But the slogan has been rejected by Welsh ministers who control the coronavirus lockdown rules in Wales.

Mr Drakeford said people should stay home “wherever you can”.

In a video statement, the first minister said he had set out “modest” changes to the stay home rules on Friday.

They included opening garden centres and allowing people to exercise more than once a day.

“Our advice has not changed in Wales,” he said.

In a televised statement Mr Johnson unveiled a “conditional plan” to reopen society, allowing people in England to spend more time outdoors from Wednesday.

Several of the changes announced by the prime minister have not been made in Wales, including allowing people in sit in parks, or to drive to “other destinations”.

A Welsh Government source said the suggestion of unlimited exercise with the ability to travel was an added complication.

Jeremy Miles, the Welsh Government’s counsel general who has been put in charge of its coronavirus recovery plan, said the “position is rather different in Wales” after Boris Johnson’s speech.

Mr Miles said the statement was “aimed at people in England” and that people in Wales are still being asked to stay home.

He said it was not the case that people could drive to other destinations in Wales.

“Our regulations do not permit people to get in their cars and drive to destinations in Wales, and that includes people getting in their cars in England.”

Mr Miles said the rules could be enforced by the police with fines.

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