COVID-19: Wales eases coronavirus restrictions from Saturday – but face masks still needed indoors and on public transport

COVID-19: Wales eases coronavirus restrictions from Saturday – but face masks still needed indoors and on public transport

Coronavirus restrictions in Wales will be further relaxed from Saturday, but masks will still need to be worn on public transport and in most indoor public places, Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said.

the nation will drop entirely from Alert Level Two to Alert Level One on July 17, bringing it more broadly in line with England and Scotland.

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There will also be further easing on August 7, if cases remain low, to a new zero level which will see most coronavirus the restrictions are gone, Drakeford added.

But even after August 7, face masks will be kept for certain settings.

The changes are as follows.

From July 17th:

  • Up to six people can meet indoors in private homes and vacation homes
  • Indoor events can accommodate up to 1,000 people seated and up to 200 people standing
  • The limits on the number of people who can meet outside, as well as the legal obligation of social distance, will be removed.
  • Ice rinks can reopen and children in groups of up to 30 can visit residential children’s activity centers

From August 7:

  • All premises, including nightclubs, will be able to open and most – but not all – the restrictions will be removed
  • There will be no legal limits on the number of people who can meet other people.
  • Face covering will continue to be required by law in most indoor public places and on public transport, with the exception of hospitality facilities.
  • Indoor social distancing measures will be replaced with a requirement for businesses and sites to assess COVID risk

The Prime Minister also confirmed that those who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to self-isolate on their return from an Amber List country, in line with the position in England and Scotland.

Announcing the changes, Mr Drakeford warned that there was still a risk that the third wave “could cause real damage”.

Drakeford said: “We are entering a new phase of the pandemic. Cases of the virus have risen sharply since the Delta variant appeared six weeks ago but, thanks to our fantastic vaccination program, we are not seeing them result in large numbers of people becoming seriously ill or in need of hospital care.

“We can be reasonably confident that vaccination has weakened the link between infections and serious illness.

“But there is still a risk that this third wave of the pandemic could cause real damage – either direct damage from the virus or indirect damage, for example, to people needing to self-isolate. “

Monday, the Secretary of Health Sajid Javid announced that all remaining restrictions on social contacts will lift in England as scheduled on July 19. The legal requirement for masks for interior spaces is also removed, although their wearing remains a condition of use. public transport in London.

The same is takes place in Scotland but with “certain modifications” of the rules maintained and face masks remaining compulsory.

The news in Wales comes after Mr Drakeford delayed the decision to move the country to alert level one for four weeks at COVID last notice.

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Wales was kept at Alert Level Two, meaning people could only meet in groups of six indoors and in groups of up to 30 outdoors, while visitors at home were limited to a bubble of three households.

Working from home and social distancing outside your home was also mandatory.

Andrew Davies, leader of the Conservative group at Senedd, said: ‘While we regret that the Welsh Labor government was the last UK government to release a plan, it is better late than never, and lifting the restrictions will ensure that that we can get our economy and our public services back on track.

“Thanks to the extremely successful vaccination program, we have made great strides in restoring our normal lifestyle, with the link between cases and hospitalizations severely weakened.

“There will never be a perfect time to lift all restrictions and sadly no date will come without risk, but with the vaccines working we must start the important work of rebuilding the Welsh economy. ”


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