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Wrexham County Lockdown FAQs

by Adam Howarth, Editor
Wrexham Local Lockdown

This is a list of Wrexham County Borough Lockdown FAQs that may help you understand the current restrictions a little better.


Following a sharp increase in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in the Wrexham County Borough Council area, new restrictions were introduced to reduce the spread of the virus and protect the health of people living in the area.

The restrictions came into force at 6pm on 1st October 2020 and will be kept under review.

The main restrictions are:
  • people cannot enter, leave or remain away from the Wrexham County Borough Council area without a reasonable excuse.
  • people will no longer be able to form, or be in, an extended household (sometimes called a “bubble”).
  • you are not allowed to meet indoors with anyone who is not part of your household (people you live with) at the moment, unless you have a good reason, such as providing care to a vulnerable person.
  • all licensed premises must stop serving alcohol at 10pm.
  • people are to work from home wherever reasonably practicable.

Wrexham County Borough Lockdown FAQs

Why are these restrictions in place?

The government has introduced these restrictions following a sharp and rapid increase in the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Wrexham County Borough Council area. People meeting indoors, not following social distancing guidelines and returning from summer holidays abroad with coronavirus have been the cause of these increases.

How long will these restrictions stay in place?

The restrictions will be in place until the risk of the spread of coronavirus has reduced. The Welsh Government has a duty to review these restrictions after two weeks and every week after that if the restrictions remain in place longer than that.

Which areas do these restrictions cover?

The restrictions cover the Wrexham County Borough Council area. Residents cannot leave or remain away from the area without a reasonable excuse. Similarly, those who live outside the area cannot enter it without a reasonable excuse.

Check whether you are in Wrexham County Borough Council and how this affects you: Map of Wrexham

Does this mean I can’t leave the area at all?

You can leave the area if you have a “reasonable excuse” to do so – this includes going to work where you cannot work from home or using public services that are not available locally. It also includes leaving your local area to visit family or close friends on compassionate grounds if necessary.

The basic message, however, is that we want people to stay in the area as much as possible. You do not have a reasonable excuse to leave the area to do something if you could reasonably do it within the area. This also works the other way around. Those living outside the area should not enter it if at all possible.

What can’t I do?

The legal requirement is that you can’t leave the Wrexham County Borough Council area without a reasonable excuse. However, we urge people to think not only about what you can’t do because the law says so, but also what you shouldn’t do because it could increase the spread and your risk of contracting coronavirus. Even though you can travel within the area, you should think about whether there are alternatives, like using the internet to shop.

What can I do?

There is a list of reasonable excuses to enter or leave the Wrexham County Borough Council area, such as going to work where you cannot work from home, accessing public services that are not in the area or having medical treatment. Other reasons for leaving the area that aren’t on the list may, however, also be allowed if they are reasonable.

Can I receive a fine if I travel outside the area without a reasonable excuse?

Yes, police can issue fixed penalty notices or the court could prosecute or give you a fine.

Please follow this link for more information on:

  • Seeing family and friends
  • Education
  • Childcare
  • Work
  • Health and social care
  • Travelling and public transport
  • Face coverings
  • Pubs and sale of alcohol – see this post for a detailed look at this
  • Shopping and other services
  • Places of worship, marriages and civil partnerships, cemeteries and funerals
  • Sport and outdoor activity
  • Enforcement and fines

Please click here to read more of our coronavirus advice articles.

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