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Coronavirus: Further relaxation of lockdown restrictions in Wales

 

First Minister Mark Drakeford will today (Friday 31 July) set out changes to the coronavirus regulations in Wales making it easier for families and friends to meet outdoors.

From Monday (August 3), up to 30 people will be able to meet outdoors and children under 11 will no longer have to maintain a 2m distance from each other or from adults – in line with the latest scientific evidence about lower transmission rates in this age group.

Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes will be able to re-open indoors from Monday, as will indoor bowling alleys, auction houses and bingo halls.

Gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres will be allowed to reopen in Wales from Monday, 10 August.

The national governing body for Welsh swimming says it's "over the moon" that pools can reopen from 10 August.

The First Minister will thank businesses for working with the Welsh Government and introducing new measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus but he will also warn action will be taken against those who ignore the measures designed to keep Wales safe.

Here's a Wales lockdown easing recap from a busy morning

  • Pubs, restaurants and cafes can reopen indoors in Wales from Monday, providing there is social distancing
  • Up to 30 people can meet outdoors from Monday, regardless of how many households they are from
  • Children under 11 will not have to social distance from Monday
  • Licensed wedding venues will be able to reopen from Monday, but receptions will need to be outdoors
  • Indoor bowling alleys, auction houses and bingo halls can reopen from Monday
  • Swimming pools, gyms and leisure centres can reopen from Monday week
  • Indoor play areas, including soft play centres, can also reopen from 10 August
  • More people may be able to meet indoors in Wales from Saturday, 15 August if Covid-19 infection rates in Wales continue to fall.

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