Ceredigion Liberal Democrats have called on the First Minister to reconsider a decision that forces non-essential retailers to stay closed until 12th April, while supermarkets can start selling non-essential items from Monday.
Cadan ap Tomos, Ceredigion Liberal Democrat Senedd candidate, said:
“By doubling back on his own earlier rationale, Mark Drakeford has thrown small shop owners under a bus.
“Anyone forced to keep their shop closed and watch as the big supermarkets get a head-start will rightly be angry. With our high streets already suffering due to this pandemic, the last thing we need is for our small local shops to be disadvantaged even more.
“The First Minister needs to urgently rethink this decision. Despite the extra financial support on offer, I fear some shops might not make it to April 12th.”
Jane Dodds, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, added:
“Mark Drakeford have been briefing for weeks that retail could open up after 15 March. Businesses have been making preparations and incurring costs. This last-minute U-turn risks people’s businesses and livelihoods.
“Welsh Liberal Democrats will always put recovery first, and that means backing the high street.”