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Further Coronavirus Restriction Relaxations Brought Forward

 

The Welsh Government has confirmed that further relaxations of Coronavirus restrictions will be brought forward from May 17th to May 3rd. These include the resumption of indoor supervised activities for children, indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults, such as exercise classes, and the re-opening of community centres.

The changes to the timetable mean that Wales will have completed its move to Alert Level 3 by May 3rd, and come as the country has the lowest coronavirus rates of the UK nations and a higher proportion of people vaccinated for both first and second doses.

Changes to Coronavirus restrictions that will come into place on May 3rd, including those initially scheduled for May 17th are:

  • Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities being able to reopen;
  • People will also again be able to form extended households with one other household.
  • The resumption of indoor supervised activities for children;
  • Indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults (such as exercise classes and swimming lessons);
  • And the re-opening of community centres.

Meanwhile, the country can look forward to other restrictions easing in just a few days time, as the “Rule Of 6”, allowing up to 6 people from 6 different households to meet outdoors, not including children under 11 years of age or carers, comes into place from Saturday, April 24th.

Additionally, The Welsh Government has also confirmed the relaxations that will take place on Monday 26 April. Outdoor attractions, including outdoor swimming pools, funfairs and theme parks, will be allowed to reopen, while outdoor hospitality can also resume, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants.

The First Minister of Wales said:

“The sacrifices we have made continue to show results. By us all working together and sticking to the rules, combined with our vaccination programme, mean we continue to make progress. Rates of the virus continue to fall and the public health situation is improving. 

“Due to these efforts we are able confirm more easing of the restrictions from 26 April and for early May we are again able to bring forward some of our plans. However, this progress is dependent on all of us continuing to work together to keep Wales safe.

“At the last three-week review, I set out a forward-look of how the restrictions could continue to be lifted in the weeks ahead, if the public health situation remains stable.

“It will be for the incoming Welsh Government to confirm these arrangements at the next three-week review, which will be held on May 13 – a week after the election. It is my assessment that the hospitality sector – bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes – will be able to open indoors from May 17, together with all other tourist accommodation, indoor entertainment and attractions.”

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