WITH the news breaking on Tuesday evening, many are wondering just how long this local lockdown will last.

Wrexham and Flintshire, alongside Conwy and Denbighshire, will go into lockdown from Thursday, October 1, at 6pm.

New measures will come into force to protect people’s health and control the spread of coronavirus in the four areas.

The new restrictions will apply to everyone living in the respective county areas and mainly state:

• people will not be allowed to enter or leave the county area without a reasonable excuse

• people will no longer be able to form, or be in, an extended household (sometimes called a “bubble”)

• this means meeting indoors with anyone who is not part of your household (people you live with) is not allowed at the moment, unless you have a good reason, such as providing care to a vulnerable person

• all licensed premises have to stop serving alcohol at 10pm

• people must work from home wherever possible

Welsh Government have stated in their updated guidance that the local lockdown will be in place for as long as needed to ensure the virus has been brought back under control.

A Welsh Government spokesman said: “The restrictions will be in place until the risk of the spread of coronavirus has reduced, when they can be relaxed.

“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.”