Bedding, children's toys among items BANNED in Wales amid lockdown

Step away from the Peppa Pig playset! Scented candles, toys and even poor old Henry the hoover… the everyday items shoppers are BANNED from buying under Welsh government’s crazy Covid rules

  • Welsh First Minister announced on Thursday that shops could only sell ‘essential goods’ amid new lockdown
  • Supermarket and other retailers were forced to block off aisles and make dozens of products unavailable
  • Products which are also off-limits include toasted sandwich makers, microwaves and scented candals 

Bedding, children’s toys, vacuum cleaners and clothes are among the items which are now off-limits in Welsh supermarkets following the imposition of a 17-day lockdown.

First Minister Mark Drakeford announced the move on Thursday, with supermarkets ordered to only sell ‘essential goods’. 

It comes as Wales was plunged into a draconian ‘firebreak’ lockdown at 6pm Thursday that is expected to wreck the Welsh economy.

There were farcical scenes of shelves of ordinary goods which had been taped off, covered with plastic or blocked with pallets of drinks. 

Critics including Madness of Crowds author Douglas Murray branded the move ‘madness’ and said the only person to benefit would be Amazon owner Jeff Bezos, hinting that shoppers would just buy things online instead. 

The Welsh Government was also unable to provide clarity over what goods counted as ‘essential’, with one minister instead saying that he hoped retailers would have a ‘grown-up understanding’. 

Below, MailOnline highlights some of the products, which also include toasted sandwich makers and microwaves, which are now off-limits to customers. 

Vacuum cleaners 

Vacuum cleaners (pictured) are among the items which supermarkets have deemed ‘non-essential’ after the Welsh Government’s imposition of a 17-day lockdown. Retailers have been ordered to sell only essential goods and so many supermarket aisles were roped off and products covered up


Bedding is also apparently considered a luxury item as duvets and sheets were seen taped off at a Tesco store in Pontypool

Children’s toys 

Children’s toys, including a mock ride-on lawn mower, were also taped off after being deemed ‘non-essential’ by staff at this Tesco store in Cardiff

Toys which parents cannot buy for their children also include a build-your-own toy digger and a ‘Little People’ ride-on toy car


Clothes, which many parents would put near the top of a priority list for their kids, were also taped off after being deemed non-essential at this Asda store in Cardiff

As well as children’s clothes, adults’ shirts were also seen taped off at the same Cardiff Asda store on Friday

Underwear and women’s shirts, dressing gowns and even bras were off-limits to customers at this Tesco store in Wales

Toasted sandwich makers 

Toasted sandwich makers (pictured above in an Asda store in Cardiff) are also now considered a banned item in Welsh shops after the imposition of a 17-day lockdown.

Birthday cards 

Anyone with a birthday coming up might be disappointed this year because cards have also been deemed non-essential. Pictured: These cards were seen fenced off at a Cardiff Asda store


Microwaves were also considered a luxury item, although there is nothing to stop shoppers looking online to buy kitchen goods


Kettles were also covered with plastic sheeting in an effort to deter customers from putting them in their trolleys

Scented candles 

Scented candles are also on the banned list. This picture was taken at a Tesco store in Pontypool on Friday

Cushions and towels 

Christmas-themed cushions, as well as towels, are also considered a non-essential item and were seen fenced off at this Tesco store in Cardiff on Friday


Decorative plates were also off-limits at this Tesco store in Cardiff as shop staff sought to direct customers to products considered ‘essential’ 

Wrapping paper 

Even though Christmas is fast-approaching, wrapping paper is also considered a luxury item and was seen taped up at this Tesco store

This week police revealed extraordinary plans to patrol the Anglo-Welsh border to stop families from crossing over for a half-term holiday as Wales was plunged into a two-week ‘firebreak’ lockdown.

Officers said they would try to stop caravans sneaking into England from Wales and deter Welsh motorists defying Mr Drakeford’s ‘power-mad’ orders from making ‘non-essential’ journeys.

Gloucestershire Police announced an operation covering routes from Wales into the Forest of Dean where officers would stop motorists travelling into England to find out what they were doing.

Drivers would be encouraged to turn around and head back to Wales if officers ‘are not satisfied with their explanation’, a spokesman said. If they refuse, police will tell forces in Wales so they can issue fines.

But drivers were later seen crossing the border on the A494 at Queensferry and on the A5445 between Chester and Wrexham in a breach of the new restrictions.

Mr Drakeford has threatened to use number plate recognition cameras to fine English drivers crossing into his country.

His call was echoed by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who threatened to roll-out a similar travel ban across Scotland to stop people travelling from virus hotspots in England.

But the Police Federation of England and Wales has revealed the ban is ‘unenforceable’, adding policing which is ‘already over-stretched due to the pandemic’ would be complicated by the measure.

Wales was plunged into a draconian ‘firebreak’ lockdown at 6pm yesterday and it is expected to wreck the Welsh economy.

Under the measures, which will last 17 days, people will be asked to stay at home and to leave only for a limited number of reasons, including exercise, buying essential supplies, or to seek or provide care. 

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