Coronavirus chaos: Mark Drakeford quizzed on ban within UK on people travelling to Wales

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The Welsh First Minister told the BBC’s Naga Munchetty that the travel restriction was not a blanket ban across all of Wales. He compared the travel restriction to the stay local rule implemented in Wales during an earlier stage of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Mr Drakeford said: “People in other parts of the United Kingdom who do not live in hotspot areas will still be able to come.

“What we are trying to do is to prevent people who live in areas where there is a lot of the virus about travelling to parts of Wales where there is very little virus about.

“It is not a blanket ban on people coming to Wales.

“It is trying to prevent transmission from high incident areas to low incident areas.”

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The BBC host asked: “How would you police that?”

Mr Drakeford replied: “In the same way we did earlier in the pandemic, we had a stay local rule in Wales where it was not legal for people to come in Wales and travel about.

“Our police forces were very adept at stopping people and explaining to them the rules were different here.

“When they did what the police have said to us is that the vast majority of people when it was explained to them were willing to abide by that.”

Earlier this week, the First Minister of Wales has told Boris Johnson that COBRA meetings between the UK’s devolved nations must be held more regularly.

Mark Drakeford told LBC that more communication is needed between the Prime Minister and the devolved administrations during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Mr Drakeford said: “I had a conversation with the Prime Minister myself on Monday of this week and we had a Cobra meeting on Tuesday.

“My view has always been those conversations are always useful and they always lead to better informed decisions by us all.

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“My frustration has been that those conversations have not been regular enough, not been reliable enough.

“The Prime Minister said on Tuesday that Cobra would be reinstated as a more regular feature of the way the four nations of the United Kingdom get round the table together.

“I do hope that is the case, it was a very useful meeting on Tuesday, but what I don’t want are one off, sporadic, last-minute meetings called in a crisis and then weeks of silence.

“This isn’t the way we should get through this the best.”

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