The Welsh Government has announced the further acceleration of elements of its programme to relax COVID-19 restrictions. The public will be able to form an extended household, visit the gym or take part in organised outdoor activities a week earlier than planned, as the public health situation - and vaccination rates - continue to improve. The First Minister last week set out a detailed timetable for moving Wales firmly into alert level three.
From Monday 12 April, the following relaxations are in place:
The full return of children to schools for face-to-face education, all post-16 learners return to further education and training centres, and university campuses are able to open for blended face-to-face/online learning for all students
All remaining shops reopen, completing the phased reopening of non-essential retail
All remaining close contact services open, including mobile services
Travel restrictions on traveling into and out of Wales are lifted. However, restrictions on travel to countries outside the Common Travel Area without a reasonable excuse, remain in place. The Common Travel Area means the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland
Wedding ‘show-arounds’ by appointment are allowed
Further easements to restrictions in the coming weeks will be subject to the public health situation remaining favourable. The WTA will be seeking earlier opening for indoor hospitality if possible. Further easements will be confirmed by the First Minister at the next three-weekly review of the coronavirus regulations on 22 April.
On Monday 26 April:
Outdoor attractions, including funfairs and theme parks, would be allowed to reopen
Outdoor hospitality can resume, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants. Indoor hospitality will remain closed except for takeaways
Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people can again take place (previously Monday 3 May)
Weddings receptions can take place outdoors for up to 30 people (previously Monday 3 May)
On Monday 3 May (previously Monday 10 May):
Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities can reopen. This will include individual or one-to-one training but not exercise classes
Extended household will again allow two households to meet and have contact indoors