Wales: What can I do now that the easing of restrictions is delayed?

Wales announced this week it was also delaying the easing of lockdown restrictions for four weeks after seeing a spike in cases of the Delta variant.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “In the space of just a few short weeks, the Delta variant has entered Wales and quickly spread throughout the country.

“There is sustained and accelerating transmission, not just in north and southeast Wales but in all parts of Wales.

“It is now the most dominant variant in new cases in Wales. We are once again facing a serious public health situation.

“We have the lowest coronavirus rates in the UK and the highest vaccination rates for first doses. A four-week delay in relaxing restrictions could help to reduce the peak number of daily hospital admissions by up to half.”

What can I do?

  • Meet five other people in a pub or restaurant
  • Up to 30 people can meet outside in a garden, beer garden or in public spaces
  • Three households can form extended households, meaning three families can meet indoors
  • Outdoor events such as festivals, concerts and sports games can take place with 4,000 standing and 10,000 sitting
  • The number of people who can attend a wedding or civil partnership reception or wake organised by a business in an indoors regulated premises, such as a hotel, will be determined by the size of the venue and a risk assessment.
  • Clarifying small grassroots music and comedy venues will be able to operate on the same basis as hospitality venues, such as pubs and cafes.
  • Primary schoolchildren in the same school contact group or bubble will be able to stay overnight at a residential outdoor education centre.
  • Pilot events in theatres, sports stadiums and other sectors will continue throughout June and July

The regulations will be reviewed again on 15th July.

What are the current restrictions>

For a full summary of the current restrictions in Wales, visit the Welsh Government’s website.

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