Coronavirus: New extended family rules get mixed response

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People can now form an “exclusive extended arrangement” with up to four households


People in Wales are now able to welcome more family and friends to their homes as coronavirus lockdown rules continue to be relaxed.

Starting on Saturday, people can form an “exclusive extended arrangement” with up to four households – double the amount previously allowed.

Some are happy, but others hesitate to open their doors to others.

Llyr Jones, a sheep farmer from Conwy, said he looks forward to seeing his mother and neighbors again.

Mr Jones, 41, who lives in Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr with his wife and two children, added: ‘The worst thing we found during the height of the pandemic was childcare.

“My wife is a veterinarian and I am a farmer, and we have to take our children to work.

“This is a huge problem, but we have to keep going because we’re both key workers, but maybe having my mom come home to take care of the kids will help. “

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Llyr Jones can’t wait to welcome his mom and neighbors inside


He has also watched his neighbors visit because they are “good friends” to them.

People have been employed on his farm since the lockdown began – as they tried to maintain their social estrangement, it wasn’t always easy.

“It’s impossible to stand at distances of two meters,” he said.

“We have two young children who are in nursery, so they mix, they are not at social distance.”

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Lee Dirkzwager remains uncertain about opening doors to his home to others


Lee Dirkzwager, from Gabalfa, Cardiff, shielded.

The 73-year-old man has a number of underlying conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The mother of three and grandmother of three went out on Sunday but were “quite nervous” about it.

“I didn’t appreciate it and went back to what I now call the norm, which is isolation,” she said.

“I think it will take a long time to adjust to come back sometime before March of this year.

“And, to be honest, I’m afraid to open up and even have to meet my family. “

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The retired office worker admitted she ‘would love’ to see them, but feared the pandemic would return.

“Are we going to be sick next time?” ” she says.

She did not enjoy her trip because there were “so many people”, many unmasked.

“It was totally foreign,” she says. “I guess I became institutionalized by being alone. ”

Rules for indoor dating were supposed to be relaxed last weekend, but have been postponed.

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Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said on Friday that testing of outdoor sporting and artistic events would be allowed later this month.


Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said at the time it was important not to jeopardize progress.

Mr Drakeford said the next easing of foreclosure measures, in three weeks, would include relaxing rules to allow cleaners and guardians to work in people’s homes.

It would also allow small groups to meet indoors for classes and clubs, such as book clubs and weight loss groups.

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