Matt Hancock summoned to High Court to justify why non-essential shops can reopen before pubs

Matt Hancock has been summoned to the High Court to justify why non-essential shops will be allowed to open before the full return of pubs and restaurants. It comes after Pizza Express founder Hugh Osmond and nightclubs operator Sacha Lord launched a legal challenge claiming the Government has ‘failed’ to provide evidence for delaying the … Read more

Welsh supermarkets can return to selling non-essential items today

Welsh supermarkets can return to selling electronics, clothes and toys while garden centres reopen TODAY as national lockdown further eases – but non-essential shops remain closed All non-essential retail was ordered to close in Wales on Christmas Eve last year Supermarkets stayed open, but items like books and DVDs could not be sold  Shoppers raged … Read more

High Street prepares to fight back – but what will be left?: Non-essential shops to open on April 12

Non-essential shops in England will be able to open by April 12 at the earliest after more than three months of being shut down.   Stores will open at the same time that hairdressers, pubs and gyms can get back up and running – regardless of mounting fears about the economic meltdown. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister … Read more

Wetherspoon wants pubs reopened at same time as non-essential shops

Wetherspoon today called on the Government to open its pubs at the same time as non-essential shops as bars remain shut across Britain during the third lockdown. Ministers are said to be considering plans to allow hospitality firms to serve customers outside by Easter, which falls on the weekend of April 2. But a full … Read more

Priti Patel refuses to rule out blanket ban on non-essential travel

Priti Patel today refused to rule out a blanket ban on non-essential travel into and out of the UK as ministers scramble to tighten up border controls.  Asked about the idea, the Home Secretary said the government was ‘reviewing measures at the border’ and further announcements would be made in the coming days. Boris Johnson … Read more

Police in Swansea stop vehicles in crackdown on non-essential journeys

Police in Swansea stop vehicles at checkpoint to crackdown on non-essential journeys after two motorists from Tier 3 Bristol were fined for travelling to South Wales over weekend Welsh police are pulling over traffic in Swansea to check their travel is essential  It follows hundreds of people flocking to Wales from England, despite lockdown Officers … Read more

Stormont advises against non-essential travel between Northern Ireland and Great Britain

Stormont ministers are to issue guidance advising against non-essential travel between Northern Ireland and both Great Britain and the Irish Republic after a bid for an outright ban on GB travel was voted down. People arriving in Northern Ireland will also be advised to self-isolate for ten days. A Sinn Fein proposal for a temporary … Read more

Welsh shoppers are left outraged after supermarkets cordon off non-essential items

Shoppers in Wales have been left outraged after supermarkets cordoned off non-essential items days before Christmas under the country’s shock Covid crackdown. Pictures today emerged of Sainsbury’s in Pontypridd which blocked off non-essential sections of the store using large red barricades. Sainsbury’s say the items – including clothing and Christmas decorations – are blocked off … Read more

Shopper ripped sheeting covering ‘non-essential’ items in Tesco in protest at Covid rules

A shopper ripped plastic sheeting from ‘non-essential’ items in a Tesco store in Wales because he had reached ‘breaking point’ over ‘unfair and illogical’ coronavirus rules, a court heard today.  Video of Gwilym Llwyd Owen tearing down the sheeting at the supermarket in Bangor on October 23 was played in court today. Staff at the … Read more