At the time, England still operated a tiered system – and some here watched in surprise as Welsh authorities ordered supermarkets to stop selling non-essential items such as books and clothing.
But now, as their 17-day firewall ends today, Monday, November 9, people across the border are probably a little envious.
There are certain rules that will affect people in England – on things like vacations and bubbles.
Additionally, the advice will give people in England a sense of what life could be like here one day our lockdown is lifted.
So what will change in Wales on Monday 9 November?
Here are the main rules and changes.
Not all are different from fire lockdown – for example, the requirement to wear a mask in indoor public places and social distancing remains the same.
- People should not enter each other’s homes or gardens except in very limited circumstances
- When meeting people you don’t live with far from your home, in most cases the absolute maximum number of people meeting indoors or outdoors should be four. Note – this does not include children under 11 years old
- Masks must still be worn in indoor public places
- People need to self-isolate when told to do so by the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect
- Hospitality businesses, such as pubs and restaurants, as well as non-essential stores, may reopen
- Supermarkets can start selling non-essential items again
- Bowling alleys and bingo halls can also reopen – as long as they comply with hygiene regulations
- People should shop on their own whenever possible. They shouldn’t get together to meet their friends for a shopping spree
- Pubs, restaurants and bars must still have restrictions in place. You still won’t be able to order a pint at the bar. However, you can meet up to three other people to eat and drink inside
- If your household has more than four people, you can all go to a pub or restaurant together. Again, the numbers do not include children under 11. Advance reservation will likely be required and details of testing and traces will continue to be taken.
- Hospitality venues that do not serve alcohol, such as cafes, may offer counter service. However, the same rule of four applies here as well.
- Masks should always be worn in stores and reception areas. They should also be worn when you are not eating or drinking, and there is a two hour rule of thumb for people to stay in the pub.
- The rooms can use table service only. Also, alcohol cannot be served in pubs, bars and restaurants or shops after 10 p.m.
- Up to 30 people can get together for an “organized activity” outside, such as a sports club or exercise class, provided that social distancing and other hygiene measures are in place.
- Up to 15 people can meet for an “organized activity” inside
- Nursing home visits may resume and property visits and house moves may resume
Rules of travel
- All travel restrictions will be lifted in Wales on Monday. However, the Welsh government is asking people to stay local if possible and to ‘think carefully about any journeys they take’
- Travel for business purposes – if it is not reasonable for you to work from home – continues to be permitted
- The people of Wales can spend their holidays here. However, people from England or other parts of the UK cannot travel to Wales for holidays. People in Wales should not go on holiday abroad or to other parts of the UK
- Extended household “bubbles” are back. People don’t need to bubble with the same fireplace they were before the firebreak
- You can also bubble with a household from a different zone, unlike the local lockdown phase. In addition, it is allowed to form a bubble with a household in England – provided that they follow the latest rules in that country
Rules regarding weddings, religious services and funerals
- Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and funerals can begin again with 15 participants. It may be allowed for a wedding to have up to 30 guests if an outdoor space is used. However, only 15 people should be in an indoor space at a time.
- Places of worship are allowed to resume organizing communal services.
Most of the above guidelines are not laws and will not be enforced by the police.
But Welsh Government guidelines say: ‘We ask you to think about the most sensible thing to do to protect your family, friends and community, rather than mainly thinking about what you are allowed to do. Only through everyone trying their hardest to follow these tips will be that we will be able to avoid further lockouts. ”
In terms of encounter, the guidelines say four is a maximum, “not a target”.
Moreover, the official opinion is that it is better to see the same couple of people often rather than a lot of different people on occasion.
The possibility of a second lockdown is not however ruled out in Wales.
Additionally, the Welsh government says one of the best ways to reduce the risk of needing new firewalls and lockdowns is to ‘follow the simple rules that are designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus through our communities ”.
From Monday, November 9, everyone in Wales is urged to continue the following behavior, which has been constant advice throughout the pandemic:
- Stay away from home, except in very limited circumstances
- Limit the number of times you leave your home, as well as the distance traveled
- When you leave the house, try to be limited in the number of different people you see. It is better to see the same or two people regularly than to see different people every now and then.
- Maintain social distance – including outdoors
- Meet people outdoors rather than indoors when possible, even in circumstances where the law allows you to meet indoors
- Work from home if you can
- Wash your hands regularly and follow other hygiene tips
- Self-isolate if you have symptoms of coronavirus