By Sam Rowlands

MS for North Wales

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic the Welsh Government have continuously done things differently to our counterparts and neighbours across the United Kingdom. Since 26th December, this has resulted in Wales being in Alert Level 2 Covid-19 restrictions. But thanks to the Welsh Conservatives, there is now light at the end of the tunnel.

Alert Level 2 Covid-19 Restrictions had severe consequences for many people across North Wales. Organised outdoor activity was limited to 50 people, meaning the majority of sports games had to be played behind doors, along with park runs being cancelled.

Nightclubs were closed and the rule of six was re-introduced to hospitality venues, negatively impacting their ability to attract customers. In addition to this, workers were told it was the law to work from home if they could – they and their employers would be fined if not adhering to this.

Since these restrictions were introduced it’s clear that they were a complete overreaction to the omicron variant, hence why they’re being revoked. Nevertheless, this Welsh Government decision has had a serious impact on hospitality, local businesses and the physical and mental well-being of many people.

Welsh Conservatives and I have continuously fought against these ill-thought Covid-19 restrictions and called for them to be revoked. It is now pleasing to see that the Welsh Government have followed Welsh Conservatives calls to publish a roadmap out of these restrictions and open Wales back up.

The only question now is why are the Welsh Government waiting to lift restrictions? This should be done immediately. The Welsh Government have played politics with the people of Wales, they got it wrong and it’s Welsh businesses who paid the price.

Please be assured, Welsh Conservatives and I will continue to call the Welsh Government to account over their questionable Covid-19 restrictions, and stand up for businesses, livelihoods and Welsh hospitality, whilst balancing the health needs of the people of Wales.

Please feel free to contact me by emailing or calling on 0300 200 7267.