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Wales and Scotland relax lockdown restrictions

Written by: Emma Lunn
From today, outdoor attractions in Wales including swimming pools, funfairs and theme parks can reopen, while outdoor hospitality at cafes, pubs and restaurants can also re-start.

Also in Wales, organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people can now take place and weddings receptions can begin again outdoors for up to 30 people. The ‘rule of six’ also means that up to six people from six households (not including children under 11 or carers) can meet outside.

The Welsh government has also announced that the relaxing of some restrictions will be brought forward from 17 May to 3 May. These include 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.

Monday 3 may will also see gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities reopen, while people will be able to form extended households with one other household. These changes were previously scheduled for 10 May.

This means Wales will have completed the move to Alert Level 3 by Monday 3 May. Wales has the lowest coronavirus rates of the UK nations. The successful vaccine programme continues with a higher proportion of people vaccinated in Wales than other nations of the UK for both first and second doses.

Wales’ first minister Mark Drakeford 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.”

From today, people in Scotland can travel within the UK, with tourist accommodation in Scotland reopening. Shops can fully reopen while gyms and indoor sports facilities, including swimming pools, will reopen for individual exercise. All organised outdoor activity can resume except adult contact sport.

Up to 50 people can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and receptions. Pubs, cafes and restaurants can reopen outdoors for groups of up to six people from up to six households with alcohol in line with local licencing laws, and indoors for groups of up to six people from up to two households without alcohol until 20:00.

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