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Four more counties in Wales will go into lockdown from 6pm on Tuesday 22 September due to concerns over the spread of Covid-19 in these areas.

The counties of Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent and Newport will have the same restrictions as introduced last week in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Residents in these South Wales counties will not be able to enter or leave the areas concerned without a reasonable excuse which includes going to work, if they can’t work from home.

Licensed premises, including pubs, will have to close by 11pm, with that rule also extended to Caerphilly.

In the Welsh Government Guidance issued last week (here), Schedule 4(a) outlines that one of the reasonable excuses to both leave and enter the county boroughs in local lockdown is to participate in legal proceedings, as outlined in the relevant passages below:

Schedule 4A: Local restrictions

Requirement to stay within local health protection area

3.(1) No person living in a local health protection area may, without a reasonable excuse, leave the area or remain away from the area.

(2) A reasonable excuse includes the need to do the following outside the local health protection area:

…(j)  meet a legal obligation, including attending court or satisfying bail conditions, or to participate in legal proceedings.