Folks travelling to Wales from Covid hotspots elsewhere within the UK may face quarantine underneath measures being thought of by the Welsh Authorities.
Well being Minister Vaughan Gething mentioned he was how powers might be used to guard areas with decrease circumstances.
It comes after the prime minister rejected calls from Welsh ministers for a travel ban.
Presently individuals in lockdown areas in England can go on vacation in elements of Wales not topic to restrictions.
It’s unlawful for individuals to go away or enter lockdown counties Wales apart from a restricted set of causes, like work or training.
However an identical regulation doesn’t exist for areas underneath native restrictions in England.
UK Well being Secretary Matt Hancock mentioned the Westminster authorities felt it was extra “acceptable” to place “journey restrictions in steerage fairly than in regulation”.
Mr Gething mentioned if some English areas had been international locations Wales “would have quarantine rules for them”.
However he mentioned there was “no good cause” to stop somebody from a low incidence space like Devon from travelling to Pembrokeshire.
“We’re having to think about how we use our powers to guard lower-prevalence areas of Wales however on the identical time, we do not wish to take a whole-nation strategy,” Mr Gething mentioned.
First Minister Mark Drakeford had written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week, asking for journey restrictions to stop individuals visiting Wales from areas underneath lockdown in England.
However Mr Johnson instructed BBC Wales: “We’re all one nation, individuals ought to train their frequent sense.”
Mr Gething mentioned it was “disappointing” Mr Johnson didn’t reply to the letter.
He added that if individuals travelled from an space like Liverpool there was a threat of “spreading occasions”.
The Conservative well being spokesman within the Senedd, Andrew RT Davies, mentioned bringing in quarantine restrictions for individuals travelling to Wales from Covid hotspots in England was a “harmful slope” for the Welsh Authorities to go down.
“When you begin introducing such quarantine restrictions in Wales does that imply then there is a quid pro-quo that England, Scotland and Northern Eire will begin doing the identical for Welsh residents?
“There are all kinds of inquiries to be answered earlier than you even entertain implementing such dramatic motion.”
Plaid Cymru chief Adam Value mentioned he had known as for measures to restrict journey with Mark Drakeford for “two weeks working”.
“At a time when we have to act faster and smarter to remove the virus, it is regrettable that it took the UK authorities’s negligent dismissal of journey restrictions to bounce the Welsh Authorities into motion,” he mentioned.
How are the restrictions totally different?
In Wales it’s unlawful to enter or depart the 15 locked-down council areas, and the the city of Llanelli, with out a “cheap excuse”. That may embody:
- For work, for those who can’t do business from home
- For training
- To hunt medical help
- To supply or obtain emergency help
- To satisfy a authorized obligation, and to entry or obtain public companies
Travelling by means of the areas is authorized, however breaches might be punished with fines, with a set penalty discover of £60 for a primary offence.
There isn’t a related authorized restriction in England, though individuals in areas like Merseyside, Halton and Warrington have been requested to keep away from non-essential journey.
Within the Commons the Labour MP for Swansea West, Geraint Davies, requested Mr Hancock if individuals travelling from England ought to quarantine when arriving in Wales.
Mr Hancock mentioned in response: “The first transmission of the illness is between households and between households mixing with one another”.
“And the strategy that we have taken to date in England since we got here out of the preliminary full blown lockdown has been to place journey restrictions in steerage, fairly than in regulation, as a result of we felt that is essentially the most acceptable factor to do.
“I do know that is not the strategy that they are taking in Wales, however that is how we’re at present dealing with it in England”.
James Davies, Conservative Vale of Clwyd MP, mentioned the journey restrictions in north Wales have prompted “big disruption” to half 1,000,000 individuals.
Mr Davies mentioned individuals had not been allowed to cross “typically meaningless county council boundaries.”
The well being secretary added that he had shared proposals for a “simplified” strategy to native lockdowns with the devolved governments.
The UK authorities is known to be planning a brand new three-tier strategy to native coronavirus restrictions in England.
Mr Hancock mentioned he had mentioned these plans with Mr Gething and that it might “simplify additional if it had been undertaken throughout the UK.”
What has the UK authorities mentioned?
A UK authorities Division of Well being and Social Care spokesperson mentioned: “We work carefully with native leaders and public well being groups to tell choices on native interventions, taking into consideration a variety of things.”
Public Well being England, the Joint Biosecurity Centre and NHS Check and Hint “are continuously monitoring the degrees of an infection throughout the nation,” the spokesperson added.
“We focus on measures with native administrators of public well being and native authorities, continuously reviewing the proof and we’ll take swift focused motion the place mandatory.”
Knowledge glitch ‘doesn’t have an effect on Wales’
A knowledge glitch that has delayed check leads to England has not impacted Wales, an official has mentioned.
An investigation is under way after nearly 16,000 coronavirus cases went unreported in England, delaying contact tracing efforts.
Giri Shankar, incident director at Public Well being Wales, mentioned: “Preliminary findings from a Division of Well being and Social Care evaluation have indicated that this situation has not affected Wales, both by way of information reporting, or by way of contact tracing underneath Check, Hint, Defend.
We proceed to remain in shut contact with the DHSC about this,” he mentioned.