Pubs, bars and restaurants in Wales have been told they must shut at 6pm and not serve alcohol to patrons, in the latest government restrictions that are set to come into force this Friday (4 December).
The new rules were announced by first minister Mark Drakeford, who warned that 1,000 to 7,000 preventable deaths could occur this winter without these restrictions in place.
Under the new restrictions, hospitality businesses will be able to provide takeaway food and non-alcoholic drinks after 6pm.
As well as the alcohol ban and curfew, indoor entertainment venues and attractions, such as cinemas, bowling alleys and museums, will be forced to shut.
The minister confirmed that a £340m support package would be provided for affected businesses, however.
Drakeford said: “I am very grateful for everything the sector has done. I know these new restrictions will be difficult, coming as they do at the one of the busiest times of the year for the sector.
“Unfortunately, we continue to face a virus which is moving incredibly quickly across Wales and a virus that will exploit every opportunity when we spend time with one another.”