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Wales outlines roadmap out of lockdown

Written by: Emma Lunn
Pubs and restaurants could potentially open for outdoor service from 26 April and indoor service sometime in May.

All children and students in Wales will return to face-to-face education on Monday 12 April. The same date will see all non-essential retail and close contact services allowed to reopen.

The rules will also be changed to allow travel into and out of Wales from the rest of the UK. However, restrictions on travel to countries outside the Common Travel Area without a reasonable excuse, remain in place. The Common Travel Area means the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland.

Outdoor attractions and outdoor hospitality, including cafes, pubs and restaurants, are due to reopen on 26 April.

Monday 3 May will see organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people to take place. Weddings receptions can take place outdoors, but will also be limited to 30 people.

A week later on 10 May, gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities will also reopen for individual or one-to-one training, but not exercise classes. Two households will be allowed to meet and have contact indoors.

Monday 17 May will see children’s indoor activities, community centres, and organised indoor activities for adults (including exercise classes) allowed, but limited to a maximum of 15 people.

The government said that after 17 May it would “consider enabling indoor hospitality and remaining visitor accommodation to reopen in advance of the Spring Bank Holiday” (31 May).

The changes continue the Welsh government’s step-by-step approach to relaxing the coronavirus restrictions, taking account of the highly-infectious Kent variant, which is now the dominant form of the virus in Wales.

First minister Mark Drakeford said: “Thanks to a real team effort across Wales, coronavirus cases remain stable, and the vaccination programme continues apace. As a result, the Welsh government has the headroom to continue its careful, step-by-step approach to relaxing restrictions.

“The review we have concluded this week, means we can continue with our programme of further re-opening of the economy and loosening the restrictions in place.”

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