Responding to the First Minister’s statement on lockdown restrictions, Welsh Conservative leader, Andrew RT Davies, said:
“Welsh Conservatives welcome this long-awaited clarity from Labour ministers, and we are pleased that they have listened to our calls to publish a detailed plan for easing restrictions and restoring freedoms in Wales.
“Whilst we regret the Welsh Labour Government has been the last government in Britain to publish a plan, it is a case of better late than never, and the lifting of restrictions will ensure we can get our economy and public services on the road to recovery.
“Thanks to the hugely successful vaccination programme, we have made great progress in restoring our normal way of life, with the link between cases and hospitalisations severely weakened.
“There will never be a perfect time to lift all restrictions and sadly no date will come with zero risk, but with the vaccines working, we need to start the important job of rebuilding the Welsh economy.
“With some restrictions set to say in place for at least another three weeks, and Labour ministers in Cardiff Bay sitting on £1.2billion of unallocated funding, it’s vital this is now used to support those businesses still affected.
“We have to learn to live with this virus, and we must all continue to carefully manage the risks and exercise personal judgement when going about our lives.”
Notes to editors:
The First Minister’s written statement can be read here: https://gov.wales/written-statement-review-health-protection-coronavirus-restriction-no5-wales-regulations-2020-9