Corona virus: Wales to reconsider ban on essential commodities in supermarkets as a man with criminal damages | UK News
The Welsh government has said it will review a ban on supermarkets selling non-essential items following a widespread recession.
The news came just hours after an incident at a Tesco store in Bangkok where a man was charged with criminal damage and violating the Corona virus rules.
Quillim Owen, 28, of England, appeared before judges on November 24 in Cornerbone.
The video on social media since Friday showed a person pulling plastic sheet from shelves at the store.
The Welsh government has been widely criticized for its guidance that some supermarkets should “be rounded up or empty and closed to the public”.
Affected items include electrical items, phones, clothing, toys and games, garden items and specialized sections for homeware.
The reason put forward is that people are encouraged to spend more time in stores and that it would be unfair if independent retailers were forced to close, but that supermarkets continue to sell similar products.
Nearly 43,000 people have signed a petition calling on politicians to change the ban, describing it as “inequitable and brutal.”
It said: “We do not accept that this is a prudent or rational move and will do more harm than good.”
First Minister Mark Drakeford said the review would ensure the “use of public knowledge” for the rules governing the 17-day corona virus lock.
Mr Drakeford said: “We will review how the weekend went with the supermarkets and ensure that common sense is applied.
“Supermarkets can sell anything that can be sold in any other type of store that doesn’t need to be closed. In the meantime, leave the house only if you need to.”
Health Minister Vaughan Keith said he supported the ban and would not change it.
“We are reviewing the understanding and clarity of the policy with supermarkets because different areas have different applications,” he told the BBC’s Andrew Mar Show.
Mr Keith said the Welsh government had “worked with supermarkets” to discuss which products were banned.
“We will talk to them again on Monday, so everyone understands the situation we need to clarify,” he said.
Mr Keith said the ban was introduced to ensure justice for businesses closed during the 17-day lockout and to reduce the chances of people “going out and mixing”.
Earlier, the Welsh government issued a statement saying the ban was “not meant to be tough”.
Paul Davis, the leader of the Conservative opposition in the Welsh Parliament, labeled the ban “crazy” and said he had written to the Senate chief to recall members so they could discuss the measures.
The petition’s reputation was a clear indication that people wanted it to be “removed immediately.”
The lockout, which ends Nov. 9, bans people from leaving their homes for reasons other than buying food and medicine, providing care or exercising.
It also means that people have to work from home as much as possible.
Leisure, hospitality and tourism businesses such as libraries, community centers and recycling centers are closed.
Places of worship are allowed to open only for funerals or weddings.
It is estimated that the locking economy will cost more than 500 million m.
On Saturday, Public Health Wales reported 16 deaths with COVID-19, bringing the total to 1,772.
1,324 new cases of the virus have been confirmed, for a total of 41,577.