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Stay local will be lifted in Wales from Monday

  First Minister Mark Drakeford announces the new changes to lockdown restrictions in Wales

The First Minister will today confirm that conditions will allow the Welsh Government to lift the requirement to stay local and to introduce changes to the regulations to enable families to be reunited once again.

In his press conference at 12:30pm today (Friday), the First Minister is expected to say that, while some restrictions are being eased in Wales, everyone needs to continue to maintain social distancing and respect the places and communities they visit.

People are currently required to stay within five miles of their home as a guide.

From 6th July, people from two separate households will be able to join together to form one exclusive extended household.

From Monday, they can meet indoors and stay overnight, in a similar fashion to other "support bubble" arrangements elsewhere in the UK.

It follows the Welsh Government's announcement on Thursday, that restaurants and pubs can open outdoors from 13 July.

Venues will be able to open in spaces they own and have licences for - as long as Covid-19 cases continue to fall.

Commenting on the news reports that the five-mile rule will be lifted on Monday, Darren Millar MS – the Shadow Covid Recovery Minister – said:

“I welcome news that the Welsh Labour-led Government's arbitrary and cruel five-mile rule is finally being scrapped in Wales but I urge the First Minister to bring this forward to today to avoid another lost weekend for those wanting to see their loved ones. 

“This Labour-led administration is currently fixated with introducing changes to its coronavirus restrictions on Mondays, but in doing so opportunities for contact, business income, and travel are being lost for yet another weekend.

“Ministers listened to our calls on winding back the date for the reopening of tourism in Wales, they must now listen to our calls to bring this change forward too.”

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