Traffic still circulates freely across the England-Wales border on the first day of the supposed travel ban in high Covid areas.
The ban, which went into effect at 6 p.m. on Friday, criminalizes travel to Wales from coronavirus hotspots in the UK.
It was described as ‘unenforceable’ by the Police Federation earlier this week and there is still no sign of high visibility patrols or roadblocks to deter travel from Merseyside – although Liverpool are at the level 3.
Those who ignore the restrictions will break the law and could face fixed penalty notices starting at £ 50 – but there have so far been no reports of any drivers being stopped.
Traffic still circulates freely across the England-Wales border on the first day of the supposed travel ban in a high Covid area (A55 in Broughton pictured)
The ban, which went into effect at 6 p.m. on Friday, criminalizes travel to Wales from coronavirus hotspots in the UK. Pictured: English Welsh border on the A483 between Chester and Wrexham
The Welsh government yesterday posted a tweet which read: ‘As of 6pm today if you live in an area of the UK with high levels of coronavirus you will not be able to travel to Wales without a reasonable excuse.
“This includes level 2 and 3 zones in England, the central belt of Scotland and all of Northern Ireland.
‘Help us #KeepWalesSafe.’
But Welsh traffic cameras today showed major arteries across the border to Merseyside carrying fluid traffic.
The Welsh government yesterday posted a tweet (above) outlining the new restrictions, but so far there have been no reports of any drivers being arrested
As the restrictions took effect, Wales police issued a warning insisting they would “firmly” enforce the travel ban imposed by the Welsh Labor government.
On behalf of the Four Welsh Police Forces, Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Nigel Harrison of the North Wales Police said: ‘As we enter a critical stage in the spread of the virus, Police Services at across Wales will continue to support the Welsh government to help limit the spread of the virus. ‘
He added: “ We are now at a point where we will firmly enforce regulations where there are gross violations.
“We will not allow the selfish minority to risk the health of the vast majority who have sacrificed so much in recent months.
“We intend to focus our activity on the areas and behaviors that pose the greatest risk to our communities.
A notice with the inscription “ Welsh Covid Rules Apply ” had been erected by the roadside in Libanus, Powys
It was described as ‘unenforceable’ by the Police Federation earlier this week and there is still no sign of high visibility patrols to deter travel from Merseyside (A494 to Queensferry pictured)
“We will be proactive in targeting those who do not obey the rules of assembly, whether indoors or outdoors.
“People should not travel between areas with local restrictions without a set reasonable excuse.
“This will include those traveling from other parts of the UK with high transmission rates.”
Earlier this week, the ban was ridiculed as impractical and anti-English by critics.
The Police Federation of England and Wales said ‘Police in Wales are already overworked due to the pandemic’ and the new measures would add ‘another level of complexity to maintaining the ‘order’.
Mark Bleasdale, Welsh official for the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: ‘At first glance this is inapplicable due to the difficulty in identifying where people are coming from and where they are going.
“There will also be a lot of people traveling legitimately from areas that are not at high risk, and this will only add to the other difficulties officers face when vetting existing regulations.”
There are currently 18 exemptions for crossing the border, published on the Welsh Government website.
He confirmed that people from areas with high levels of coronavirus will still be allowed to enter Wales to work, study and receive medical care.
The Wales ban will also grant exemptions for people searching for food or medical supplies, items for essential household maintenance, relocating and attending weddings or funerals.
Obtaining or depositing money in a business, accessing care for vulnerable children or adults, doing volunteer or charitable work and training as an elite athlete will also allow a person to enter the world. country.
The Welsh government and North Wales Police have been contacted for comment.