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Arcades, cinemas and beauty salons can reopen from Monday

  (Arcades like Fun Harbour on Barry Island are some of those allowed to reopen on Monday)

The next easing of lockdown restrictions in Wales has been announced, with arcades, cinemas, museums and beauty salons all allowed to reopen in Wales from Monday.

First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed the changes on Friday, the day which sees tourist accommodation with shared facilities - such as campsites and hotels - allowed to reopen.

Mr Drakeford said, "Thanks to the efforts we have all made to reduce the spread of the virus, we are taking further steps to re-open more of Wales.

"More of our retail, leisure, hospitality and tourism sectors, which play such an important part in our economy, will start to welcome back customers and guests."

(Fun Harbour on Barry Island show their new safety measures ahead of reopening)

Fun Harbour on Barry Island are one of those allowed to reopen on Monday, and owner James Osborne is looking forward to welcoming customers back.

"Whilst we have been closed we have had numerous phone calls to see when we are reopening and now we have some news it feels great - we can’t wait to welcome our customers , and whilst it won’t be like normal - we will ensure the ‘new normal’ is as safe as it can be."

"It’s great to see that in a few weeks everything at Barry Island will be back open - that’s when it is at its best!"


Also on Monday, face masks will become compulsory on public transport in Wales, following similar moves by Scotland, England, and Northern Ireland earlier this month.

Though they will not be compulsory in shops in Wales, the First Minister did remind people that the shopping and tourist experience may be different to before.

"As more places start to reopen, we must get used to some changes to help protect ourselves and the people working in these businesses. This may mean having to book ahead or giving our details to the places we are visiting, to help our Test Trace Protect service, in the event there's an outbreak of coronavirus.

"It's the responsibility of all of us to follow these new rules so we can keep ourselves and our loved ones safe."Coronavirus has not gone away. But if we all work together, we can keep Wales safe."

The full list of places allowed to reopen from Monday 27th July are listed below:

  • Indoor cinemas, museums, amusement arcades, galleries and archive services can reopen;
  • The housing market can reopen fully;
  • Beauty salons, massage parlours, tanning, piercings, tattoos, electrolysis, acupuncture will be able to restart. Treatments on the face should not be carried out for the time being;
  • Spas, but only for beauty treatments (excluding those on the face);
  • Face coverings will be compulsory on public transport, including taxis, for over 11s.

The next formal review of the regulations will be carried out by the 30th of July.

During the next review, the Welsh Government will consider a range of options, including the options for the opening of pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants indoors. 

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