The rules for supermarkets on the selling of non-essential items during Wales’ Level 4 lockdown after Christmas have been confirmed.
First Minister Mark Drakeford announced this week announced that new restrictions will be introduced after the festive period in a bid to bring the number of coronavirus cases down.
It will include all non-essential retail having to close after trading on Christmas Eve.
And it is understood that supermarkets will have to cordon off areas selling non-essential items if they are “clearly separate” from other essential goods.
This would mean that clearly marked clothing, home furnishing and electrical sections will be shut off.
But where non-essential goods share the same aisles as other items then they should be available for sale.
All retail stores will be able to sell non-essential items on a click-and-collect basis.
A spokesman for the Welsh Government said: “Detailed guidance will be published shortly – but, as a guide, all places will be able to sell non-essential items on a click-and-collect basis.
“In supermarkets, areas selling non-essential items that are clearly separate and can be cordoned off easily should not open.”
The ban on non-essential sales had caused controversy during the 17-day firebreak at the end of October.
Some businesses were upset that the rules were issued late and some shoppers objected.
Explaining the timing of restrictions that will come in place over the Christmas period, a Welsh Government spokesperson said: “Level 4 restrictions will come into force at 6pm on 25 December, but there will be exceptions for the Christmas period that will remain (the tow household bubble, travel to or from your Christmas bubble and accommodation open).
“These Christmas exceptions will then lapse for most people by the end of the day on the 27 – and by the end of the day on the 28, for people travelling to/from Northern Ireland. We will be fully in Level 4 by the end of the day on 28 December.”
Northern Ireland is also having a lockdown after Christmas for six weeks from Boxing Day.
The first week of the lockdown, running until 2 January, will see even tighter measures with essential shops like supermarkets having to close each day at 8pm.