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Update on 'social bubbles' in Wales to come next week

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An update on the possibility of 'social bubbles' being allowed in Wales will be given next week, according to the Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford.

'Social bubbles' have been allowed in England and Northern Ireland for two weeks now, and have allowed those who live alone or single parents with children under the age of 18, to form a 'bubble' with another household, allowing them to stay over at the chosen household and not have to observe social-distancing rules.

Pressure has been put on the First Minister to make a similar announcement as soon as possible, with Welsh Conservative Angela Burns saying, "The First Minister hopes to make a decision next week, but had a decision been made today (Friday), then people all over Wales could have avoided another 'lost weekend' of not being able to see their loved ones.

"The lockdown has been, for some people, the hardest time of their lives. It will have had an effect on their mental and emotional well-being."

Speaking to Bro Radio on Friday afternoon, the First Minister said that talks about how 'social bubbles' could be introduced in Wales were "nearing conclusion".

"We've had a lot of discussion about it this week, looking at experience elsewhere and devising an answer that offers the best we can for Wales.

"I'm optimistic now that we will be in a position at the start of next week to be able to tell people what we can offer in Wales."

(Bro Radio's Matthew Harris asks the First Minister about when Wales could see 'social bubbles' introduced)
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