Member of the Welsh Parliament for Monmouth, Nick Ramsay, in the Senedd last week questioned the First Minister about the possibility of hyper local lockdowns and the discussions he had had with local authority leaders on this issue.
Nick said: “I fully understand that, in some cases, it might be easier to have wider lockdowns across a full county area, but could you tell us how you're going to ensure that you can look seriously at the hyperlocal lockdowns? If, for instance, an area in my constituency is particularly affected, but other areas in other parts of the county aren't, then it does make a lot of sense to only close down a certain area…without affecting other areas of the county area. So, I wonder if you could tell us what discussions you've had with Peter Fox and with other council leaders about that.”
Mark Drakeford, the First Minister replied: “I've had discussions with Councillor Peter Fox, and I said then that I thought that was a sensible way of thinking about these things. I'm happy to repeat that in relation to Monmouth. I study the Monmouth figures every day, and Nick Ramsay will be aware that the figures in Monmouthshire have drifted upwards over the last seven days. But this morning I also studied the report from the local incident management team, which tells me that those cases are well known, they've been identified by the TTP process, they are being contained in that way and there is no present case for introducing local restrictions in any part of Monmouthshire. If that were to change and there were to be a concentration of cases in any particular part of that county, then provided that the geographical segregation of that area could be successfully achieved, then we would certainly look at that as a hyperlocal response.”