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'Firms flouting social-distancing won't get cash'

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Companies not observing correct social-distancing for employees will not be eligible for Welsh Government support, the economy minister has said.

Ken Skates said withholding financial help was an “important tool to make sure businesses behave properly".

Plaid Cymru AM Helen Mary Jones said she had been contacted by people who’d been “pressed to work when they should be self-isolating” and were working in circumstances where there was “no proper social-distancing”.

She said these “bad businesses” were “a minority”, but called on the Welsh Government to “consider enforcement” of the coronavirus guidelines.

Speaking at a Senedd plenary session, Mr Skates said he was still discussing enforcement with the UK government and Welsh councils.

However he said “any business failing to adhere to social-distancing will be exempt from getting our support or that support would be clawed back”.

The minister also told AMs he had witnessed shop workers facing abuse from customers, which he described as “utterly, utterly reprehensible".

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Recap: Key points so far today

Here's a round-up of the key updates so far today:

  • First Minister Mark Drakeford says the spread of Covid-19 “continues to accelerate” in Wales

Presiding Officer Elin Jones chairs a virtual session of the Welsh Assembly
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Presiding Officer Elin Jones chairs a virtual session of the Welsh Assembly