Wales will take its next step towards a future with fewer COVID legal restrictions as First Minister Mark Drakeford set out a longer-term plan for the summer.
Wales will move fully into alert level one from 17 July – a change paused four weeks ago because of new variants. There will be further changes to the rules outdoors as Wales takes the careful step towards a new alert level zero.
Alert level zero is set out in an updated Coronavirus Control Plan, which was published on 14 July. If the public health situation allows, Wales will move to this level on 7 August.
First Minister Mark Drakeford said:
“We can move to alert level one for indoor spaces from 17 July and go further for outdoor spaces because we know the risk of transmission outdoors is lower.
“We are also publishing plans for a new alert level zero, which will have fewer legal restrictions but which will still need all of us to take steps to protect ourselves.”
From 17 July, Wales will move fully to alert level one, including:
Wales will also take the first step into alert level zero as the limits on the numbers of people who can meet in public places or at events will be removed. Outdoor premises and events will also have greater flexibility around physical distancing.
Also from 17 July other changes include:
If Wales moves to alert level zero on 7 August, all premises would be able to open and most – but not all – restrictions will be removed and replaced with the ongoing requirement for all organisations and businesses to carry out COVID risk assessments. These will determine what reasonable measures are needed to be put in place to keep workers and customers and visitors safe.
The First Minister said:
“The pandemic is not over … We have the headroom to continue to gradually remove restrictions, but each and every one of us has a really important part to play to keep Wales safe as we head into the summer.”
The First Minister has also confirmed that people who have who have been fully vaccinated in the UK will no longer need to self-isolate if they are returning from an amber list country, in line with the position in England and Scotland.
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