November 29, 2020

Pictures of the first night out in Wales after fire-break lockdown despite caution plea – Wales Online

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/cardiff-pubs-restaurants-lockdown-re-19252488

The rain didn’t put off some people enjoying their first night out in Wales after the fire-break lockdown ended.

People flocked to pubs and restaurants as they re-opened following the 17-day clampdown to try and bring the number of coronavirus cases down.

First Minister Mark Drakeford urged people to be “careful and cautious” as the strict restrictions ended and new national measures were introduced.

On Monday night friends met up in Cardiff after weeks apart for a night out.

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(Image: WALES NEWS SERVICE)

(Image: WALES NEWS SERVICE)

The end of the lockdown means groups of up to four people can now meet up in cafes, pubs and restaurants while shops, gyms, hairdressers and places of worship can also re-open.

Since Friday, October 23, hospitality venues and non essential businesses were forced to shut and people asked to stay at home in the hope that a short, sharp lockdown would stem the rising cases of coronavirus.

While affected businesses were allowed to re-open on Monday, November 9 strict rules around who can meet didn’t stop revellers hitting the streets of the capital.

And the rain didn’t dampen spirits either.

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Earlier in the day thousands of shoppers hit the streets to make up for lost time – and, in some cases, begin their Christmas shopping.

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There were queues outside many stores in the city centre and bargain hungry shoppers had also descended on Cardiff’s Ikea, with lines stretching from the tills right back through the entire branch.

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First Minister Mark Drakeford said that he was confident most businesses had stringent measures in place to deal with coronavirus rules.

He was asked about the huge crowds seen in Cardiff city centre on the first day after the lockdown ended.

He said that he was not concerned as they were being “well managed” and said it was up to people to behave “in the right way”.