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Current restrictions for Wales and Northern Ireland

Wales

Wales is currently at alert level 4 you must:

  • Follow social distancing rules with people you don’t live with or who are not in your support bubble.
  • Wear a face covering (if you are able to) in all indoor public places.
  • Stay at home.
  • Not create an extended household (single adults or single parents may join with one other household to form an exclusive support bubble).
  • Meet only the people you live with or your support bubble indoors.
  • Meet only your household or support bubble in private gardens.
  • Meet only your household or support bubble outdoors. 
  • Work from home if you can. 
  • Not travel without reasonable excuse. 
  • Not travel internationally without reasonable excuse.

What can open at alert level 4

  • Schools, colleges and childcare providers (informal childcare should only be essential only).
  • Higher Education Institutions (mix of in-person and remote learning).
  • Places of worship.
  • Community centres – limited opening (for example, for essential public services).
  • Crematoriums
  • Playgrounds and public parks
  • Weddings, in venues that are allowed to be open, and funerals (ceremony limit set by venue).

What must be closed at alert level 4

  • Venues for events and conferences
  • Theatres and concert halls
  • Indoor and outdoor visitor attractions
  • Entertainment venue
  • Wedding reception or wake
  • Sport courts, golf courses
  • Leisure and fitness facilities
  • Outdoor visitor attractions
  • Holiday accommodation (open only if essential only, for example for work or other reasons)
  • Hospitality (except for takeaway and delivery)
  • Close contact services
  • Non-essential retail (click and collect allowed)
  • Licenced premises. Takeaway and delivery only between 6am and 10pm
  • Libraries and archive services (click and collect only)
  • Organised activities limited to public and voluntary services
  • Nightclubs and adult entertainment venues

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is in the second week of a six-week lockdown.

Here is a breakdown of what you can and can’t do under new guidelines.

  • Essential retail and hospitality services can now trade beyond the previous curfew hours of 8 pm. Delivery takeaway services are allowed until 11 pm. 
  • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs must remain closed, with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway, drive-through or delivery.
  • Close contact services such as hairdressers and beauty salons must close
  • Gyms must close, with personal exercise only permitted outside 
  • Churches can resume services, with weddings and funerals have a cap of 25 people
  • Households are not allowed to mix indoors or outside, except for certain exceptions, including support bubbles, childcare, maintenance work
  • Indoor sports are banned except for professional athletes 
  • Leisure and entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys and skating rinks must close
  • Overnight stays are banned unless it is with a member of your bubble
  • Higher education institutions, such as universities must deliver distanced learning 
  • People should work from home unless unable to do so 

The police are able to take action against those who break these rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing £100 fixed penalty notices. For repeat offenders, these fines can increase up to £3,200.