Friday nights in the Welsh capital are usually sublime and vibrant; Its people are known for their fierce pride and incredible hospitality.
Cardiff, a good place to welcome the weekend.
At least until Friday, October 23, Wales turned the clock until March 2020 and began the second national lockout.
In terms of devolution, Wales does not have to obey the orders of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. It can plan its own course – Scotland and Northern Ireland do too.
Johnson’s government in London opposes taking action in the UK for a second time, instead opting for regional locking in the UK, as seen in hotspots in Manchester and Liverpool.
Wales has been hit hard by the second wave of Govt-19 and authorities are finding it difficult to control the eruption.
A recent study by the Welsh government suggests that the virus may have spread from parts of northwestern England to parts of northern Wales. Those districts are now recording the largest spikes in statistics across Wales
Local regulations have failed to stem the tide of infection. A total of 41,577 cases were reported in Wales, according to Johns Hopkins University. 42,681.
A short, sharp “firebrake”
On October 23, Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford imposed what he called a “firebrake” lockout – a two-week period of stagnation during which almost everyone had to stay home.
“It’s time for someone to take the bull by the horns and lock us up for 16 days,” said Chris Francis, who was chosen just minutes before CNN’s new restrictions.
Under the new rules in Wales, pubs, bars, restaurants, gyms and all essential shops have been forced to close. However, takeaways and deliveries are still possible. People are told to stay home and exercise only between essential foods, medications or other limited exceptions.
Drakeford told CNN that the package of national regulations is based on scientific advice and that “short but deep time controls that break the chains of the virus and break the chains are the best hope we have to get things back on track and have a path” here until Christmas. “
Reading with boys, PlayStation and movies
Queen Street in central Cardiff is a typical high street above and below the British Isles. There is a discount store called Starbucks, Pizza Hut, Local Pub and Poundland.
But one of the biggest queues this Friday evening is outside McDonald’s.
Thomas, 20, and Sam Eunice, 21, both from Cardiff University, are catching their final McFly sweets for the next fortnight.
Given the bad reputation of their peers in the UK for adhering to the Govt-19 restrictions, the couple’s comments on the lock-up are surprising.
“I think it’s definitely needed. I think we’ll definitely have two weeks inside. We have to be low, we have to wait for it,” Thomas said.
Eunice was equally optimistic about the coming weeks. “I’ll learn about the work that went away from us, read a little more, and play the PlayStation a little bit,” he said. “It’s good fun, some movies with the boys, nothing else to do?”
But for some, a civil servant like Amy, who refused to give her full name, and a self-admitted “inner type”, being at home is not going to change her life greatly. She watches Netflix as usual and plays video games.
Amy has been working from home since the first lockout in March, but her main concern is with the economy. “My fear is how this will affect small business and the economy,” he told CNN.
“I’m especially afraid of people losing their jobs, which will affect all small businesses; I can see small shops closing and gaining customers.”
Does the lock work?
Jonathan Bangelli, manager of 39 desserts, a shop that specializes in pancakes, waffles and ice cream, fears his business will not survive. Pangelli believes the store escaped the first lock, but the second one is dangerous.
“We are a new business, we have developed our reputation and then we have to tell our customers ‘No, go see you in three months’. We are lucky to have loyal customers who are back,” he said.
Bangelli struck a pessimistic tone. He said: “It didn’t work the first time, why is it going to work a second time? [taking those precautions], Close them! “
At 6pm on Friday, Susan, a health care worker, refused to give her full name and told CNN about why people should be at home. “We are a people race, we have to take care of each other,” he said.
“We first saw the disaster. We don’t want to go down that road again. It’s only until November.”
Standing under the statue of Anurin Bevan, founder of the British National Health Service, Susan sternly said: “There is not much to sacrifice when people sacrifice their lives in the health service in caring for the older generation. You do not want to lose your life – be wise.”
So, like the groundhog, Wales saw its head waking up, hoping that the umbrella of the corona virus would go away, but the shadow of the corona virus that saw it still pursued it.
The only way, then, is to return to the cave.