THE WELSH Government is to review the ban on supermarkets selling non-essential after a massive backlash against the rules.

The two-week fire-break lockdown includes regulations that stop supermarkets and other retailers that remain open selling 'non-essential' items.

This includes items such as clothes, utensils, toys and electrical goods - with the rationale behind the decision being to create a level playing field for retailers that remain open and those that have been forced to close.

It also aims to prevent people from spending more time in and making unnecessary trips to shops.

However, the move has largely been met with consternation - with a petition against the restrictions already having over 30,000 signatures, over 7,000 of which are from North Wales residents.

And First Minister Mark Drakeford has now said the regulations will be reviewed.

He took to Twitter to say: "We’ll be reviewing how the weekend has gone with the supermarkets and making sure that common sense is applied.

"Supermarkets can sell anything that can be sold in any other type of shop that isn't required to close. In the meantime, please only leave home if you need to. "

"Thank you for all your efforts over the last 24 hours to stay at home. We know people are fed up. It’s not easy, but we all have a responsibility to stop the virus spreading."