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Limits on non-essential items in Supermarkets lifted

  (The Filco Supermarket store in Llantwit Major)

As a further easing of Covid lockdown rules takes place, from today Supermarkets can sell non-essential items and garden centres can reopen across Wales.

Shops which have been open since the start of lockdown, but had non-essential aisles covered up can no sell anything, but shop that only sell non-essential items will remain closed until 12th April.

This includes clothes shops and small indpendent retaillers.

As part of the easing of rules, Garden centres will open their doors to customers for the first time since December, with both following strict covid protocols.

They are the latest restrictions to be lifted as the coronavirus case rate in Wales has fallen below 50 per 100,000 people and the national Covid positivity rate is below 5% – both under the lockdown threshold.

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First Minister Mark Drakeford and the Welsh government have also said more industries could be reopened or considered for reopening if Covid cases rates and test positivity rates remained low.

Should cases remain low, from 27th March:

  • Libraries and self-contained accommodation could reopen, but you can only holiday with people from your own household
  • Organised children’s activities could restart
  • Stay local restrictions could be lifted

From 12 April, if case rates remain low:

  • All shops and remaining close-contact services could resume

On 22 April

  • Ministers will consider when gyms and outdoor hospitality in Wales can reopen in its lockdown review

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