As of August 7, restrictions on the number of people meeting indoors in private homes, public places or at events have been lifted and all businesses and premises can open.
Nightclubs can reopen and the two-meter social distancing rule will no longer be a general rule but will instead be up to each establishment to determine.
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This means Wales will have completed the zero-alert crossing and this is the first time since the start of the pandemic that all businesses will be able to open and all legal limits for meeting people in indoor private spaces. will be deleted.
The rules regarding self-isolation also change from Saturday. Double-vaccinated people will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they come in contact with someone with Covid – although they are advised to take PCR tests on days two and eight.
Children and young people under the age of 18 will also be exempt from the need to self-isolate if they are identified as close contacts of a positive case. However, all people who test positive for the coronavirus or show symptoms should continue to self-isolate for 10 days, whether or not they have been vaccinated.
The latest figures for Wales show three more people have died from the coronavirus in Wales and more than 600 new positive cases have been identified.
Data released Thursday, August 5, identified 681 new cases within 24 hours through Wednesday morning, bringing the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 244,538.
Three new deaths have been reported, meaning the total number of people who died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 has risen to 5,623. The infection rate in Wales has now declined steadily for more of a week.
This means that from Saturday 7th August the following changed in Wales:
- There will be no legal limit on the number of people who can meet, including in private homes, public places or at events.
- Businesses that were supposed to be closed will be able to reopen. This includes nightclubs.
- Premises open to the public and workplaces will have more flexibility over the ‘reasonable measures’ they take to minimize the risk of coronavirus, but these should be tailored to their risk assessment and their specific circumstances. This includes changes to things like social distancing. Face coverings are no longer required by law in hospitality establishments where food and drink are served, but will continue to be required in most indoor public places
Wales moves to zero alert
Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said: “The move to zero alert is another important step forward for all of us. For the first time since the start of the pandemic, all businesses will be able to open and all legal limits for meeting people in indoor private spaces will be removed. .
“The zero alert level does not mean the end of restrictions and a general melee. But it does mean we can all enjoy more freedoms with the confidence that there are still important protections in place to ensure our public health is protected while we are out.
“Unfortunately, the pandemic is not yet over and we must all work together to do all we can to keep this virus under control. At zero alert, anything we do will impact this virus.
“Even if you have been fully vaccinated, it is safer to meet outdoors than indoors. Let fresh air into indoor spaces, get tested even for mild symptoms, and isolate yourself when required. Continue to keep our distance when we are outside and work from home whenever we can.Wear a face mask, especially in crowded places, on public transport, in shops and in health and care facilities social.
“Taking responsibility and working together means we can all do what we’ve missed the most. We all have a reason to protect Wales. “
Mr Drakeford will explain exactly what the Zero Alert Level means for Wales when he leads the Welsh Government’s latest coronavirus briefing on Friday at 12:35 pm and you can follow it live with us via our rolling blog WalesOnline, via our live Twitter updates. @WalesOnline, or you can watch it all streamed live on our Facebook page.
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