THE Welsh Government's chief legal advisor was asked who is legally responsible if a non-essential item is purchased from a shop during the fire-break lockdown.

Counsel General Jeremy Miles was asked the question at Wednesday's coronavirus briefing.

It comes as a petition calling for the ban on the sale of 'non-essential' items to be lifted has been signed by approaching 70,000 people and the Welsh Government has been asked to clarify what is and is not essential.

Mr Miles said: "The way the regulations work in Wales is that there is an obligation of individuals to leave the home only to buy things that are essential.

"As well as that personal responsibility we've also seen non-essential retail closed for this period.

"It's a responsibility on the individual not to leave the house to buy items which are non-essential and responsibilty of the retailers not to sell these items."

The Welsh Government has provided an updated list of goods that can be sold by retailers during the fire-break lockdown.

Mr Miles was also asked if it was fair for supermarket staff to have the responsibility to make decisions in regard to non-essential/essential items.

Mr Miles paid tribute to these workers "enormous contribution".

"We have worked with supermarkets to provide clarification on the boundaries of essential and non-essential," said Mr Miles.

"We've offered more clarity and are discussing a mechanism so if someone has a need for something they deem essential it can be arranged."