There was a fair degree of huffing and puffing when the news broke – but one thing that was absent was any semblance of surprise.
After a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Swansea, it was announced that the city was going to be placed under local lockdown alongside Cardiff and Llanelli.
On Oxford Street, Claire Passmore is wearing a plastic visor – complete with purple sequins spelling out her name – and weary look upon her face.
The 40-year-old lives in Skewen, but comes to Swansea for work.
She sighed: “I’m one of the ones that’s going to have to cross the border.
“It is worrying in a way and part of me feels like ‘here we go again’ but given what’s been happening in the other counties I don’t find it that surprising.
“I am seeing a lot of people doing the right things, wearing the masks and washing their hands, but it’s clearly not enough.”
Just a week ago the coronavirus infection rate in Swansea was around 12 cases per 100,000. It now stands at 56.3.
Health Minister Vaughan Gething’s announcement was made at 12.30pm on Friday – just as shoppers and workers on Oxford Street were ready to grab lunch.
Steve Murphy, from Swansea, believes the younger generation are to blame for the new restrictions.
He said: “The young ones need to do as they are told.
“If they don’t do as they’re told then we’ll be on lockdown longer.
“It’s affecting the NHS, the economy, shops, bars, jobs, everything.
“I think the younger people are to blame.”
Chrissie Mosey works in the city centre but lives in Llanelli.
The 31-year-old believes that people struggling to follow “confusing rules” has lead to more measures being introduced.
She said: “I was half expecting it but I’m worrying because I work in Swansea and it’s not really an essential shop where I work.
“Staff were just coming back from furlough and now we don’t know how long this is going to last.
“I think it’s down to the way it’s been handled because there have been so many confusing rules.
“I think how late masks came into place as well, especially in schools, has a lot to do with it.”
Gemma Brown is a nurse from Swansea.
She said that she felt a local lockdown would be “imminent” after hearing about an increase in cases in other parts of the country.
The 43-year-old said: “I wasn’t actually surprised to be honest.
“I could see that it was imminent with Bridgend going into lockdown so I knew we wouldn’t be too far behind.
“Obviously it’s the increasing numbers of cases but whether it’s the students returning back to university I don’t know, we’ll just have to wait and see.”
Rob and Rhys Williams, who run The Market Plaice in Swansea Market. They said that many of their customers travel from Neath, Bridgend and Cardiff to do their shopping.
“It’s a bit worrying but people in Swansea will still be going shopping and getting their food so we should be OK,” said Rob.
“We do get a lot of people that come in from surrounding areas though, from Neath, but we’re not entirely sure which areas are classed as what at the moment.”
The pair believe that a lack of social distancing and an increase in “the amount of parties” were just some of the reasons behind the local lockdown.
“I think it’s the amount of parties and people not abiding by the rules,” Rob added.
“There’s a lot of people who don’t social distance as well but it’s a factor of loads of things.
“It’s going to have a knock-on effect because we do get a lot of people from Bridgend and Cardiff coming down on day trips so we will lose a lot of trade that way.”
Rhys said: “I think we were given a bit too much freedom at the start and we were told to go to the restaurants and the pubs and I think everybody took full advantage of that and it’s materialised from that.
“I think people are starting to worry as well, especially the elderly I’ve noticed have dropped off from here.”
Swansea Market trader Carol Watts believes that businesses will be hit hard by the new restrictions.
The owner of the Gower Cockles and Shellfish stall in the centre of the market said thinks we should have started wearing face coverings sooner.
“I don’t think I was really surprised because in a way we were expecting it,” she said.
“Perhaps we should have been wearing masks sooner – because right from the very beginning we asked the question.
“A lot of schools have gone back now, there have been holiday-makers and everyone has travelled here, there and everywhere so I suppose it’s a bit of everything.
“I think it’s going to be hard and it’s going to be a tough one.
“I’ve already been told that the superstores have started to have queues from lunchtime.”
Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart has urged residents “not to use this weekend to have one last blow out” before restrictions come into force on Sunday evening.
He said: “We have seen a rapid and sharp increase in the number of Covid cases in Swansea during the past few weeks.
“So like much of the population of Wales we are now in a lockdown. This will mean changes to people’s everyday lives but they will help to protect people and our communities.
“Everyone must follow the new rules which will be in place from 6pm Sunday. They will be backed up by enforcement measures by the council and the police.
“I’m urging everyone not to use this weekend to have one last blow out before Sunday. We should act now and be sensible, not be irresponsible and selfish.
“Supermarkets and other food suppliers are not affected by the local lockdown so there is no need to be concerned about stocks running low or panic-buy.”