Covid-19: Shadow Health Minister says ‘Ignoring new rules risks lives’

Angela Burns AM, the Shadow Health Minister, has reacted angrily to reports of people in Wales flouting the rules on self-distancing imposed to slow and stop the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

“The rules are really pretty simple: Only go outside for food, health reasons, one daily exercise session, or work – if your job absolutely cannot be done from home – and stay at least six feet away from other people.

“And while the vast majority of people are abiding by these rules – which I fully understand are a shock to the system – we have seen reports of gatherings of people being broken up, pubs remaining open, groups of sunbathers being dispersed… The list goes on.

“Look, nobody wanted to introduce these severe restrictions, but these extraordinary times have made it essential.”

Mrs Burns said the need was especially critical as data suggest that Wales is the most significant hotspot for the Coronavirus pandemic outside London.

“It might be lovely Spring weather, but it’s not a holiday,” she warned. 

“People are ill, people are dying, and it is our responsibility to make sure we each take all the precautions we can.

“It is, frankly, staggering that people are being so selfish. 

“Each police officer on the frontline called to disperse crowds has family and friends, too, as do our amazing NHS Wales staff. Make their jobs easier by sticking to the rules. The more we do, the quicker this dreadful pandemic will be over.”

For more information, visit Public Health Wales.