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Wales lockdown lifted: What can reopen and when?

12 Mar 2021 2 minutes Read
Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford. Picture by the Welsh Government

Mark Drakeford will announce what will reopen in Wales at 12.15pm today but many of the details have already been revealed.

The plan is more staggered that expected due to concerns about a third wave and too much cross-border travel from England, where cases are higher, if Wales reopens too quickly.

The First Minister revealed this morning that self-contained accommodation will reopen on 27 March.

Mark Drakeford said that ‘stay at home’ rules in England meant that people could not travel from there to holiday in Wales at Easter.

Here’s what we now know for sure:

Saturday 13 March – ‘Stay and home’ becomes ‘stay local’

The Welsh Government is changing ‘stay at home’ to ‘stay local’ – and people should stick to within five miles of home, although there will be more flexibility in rural areas.

Individual visitors can enter care homes.

Four adults from two different households can meet up outdoors to socialise, including in gardens – there’s no limit on children.

Outdoor sports facilities for golf, tennis and basketball will be reopened.

Monday 15 March – You can have a haircut

Hairdressers can reopen for appointment bookings.

Schools will be able to welcome pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 for “check-in” sessions before they are due back fully from mid-April.

All primary pupils, years 11 and 13, and some college students will begin to return, with flexibility for year 10 and 12, to return.

Schools will also be allowed to decide whether to give 11 to 14-year-olds the opportunity to see teachers face-to-face before the Easter holidays begin.

Monday 22 March – Non-essential retail begins to reopen

Garden centres can reopen.

Some non-essential aisles in supermarkets will reopen.

Some other non-essential retail can reopen – detail remains sketchy.

Monday 27 March: Tourism begins to reopen

Self-contained accommodation will begin to reopen in Wales

Monday 12 April – All non-essential retail will reopen

All shops, including all close contact services, will be able to open.

This is the same date everything will reopen in England.

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