First Minister Mark Drakeford has today announced some of the rules that will be in place when the Wales ‘firebreak’ ends.
There will be no travel restrictions within Wales, but people will not be able to leave the country except for essential purposes like work during the English lockdown.
Groups of 15 will be allowed to meet for organised indoors activities. Outdoors, 30 will be able to meet for organised activities. All businesses that were closed throughout the firebreak will be able to reopen, Mr Drakeford told a press conference, and churches will be able to re-open too.
The first minister said plans for the “unexpected” English lockdown, which is due to start on Thursday, have an impact on the next steps following the stay-at-home period.
“The English lockdown will have an impact on people who live in Wales but work in England; on companies operating in both England and Wales and on businesses trading along the border.
“It’s really important that as we open up, Wales doesn’t become an escape for people seeking to circumvent the new tighter restrictions imposed by the prime minister.”
says officials will review the situation a fortnight later.
The new measures from Monday 9 November will include:
- Two households in Wales will be able to join together to form a bubble or extended household
- Only this group will be able to meet in people’s homes
- There will be new arrangements to meet indoors in other settings, but because all these places will now be closed in England Mr Drakeford says officials are discussing further about how the hospitality businesses in Wales can continue to operate
- Up to 15 people will be able to meet together to take part in an indoor activity, and up to 30 for outdoor activities
- Schools will reopen in full
- Working from home will become even more important
- And all business venues that have been closed since 23 October will be able to open again
- Local authority services will resume
- Places of worship will be able to reopen
- There will be no travel restrictions inside Wales, but during the lockdown in England travel will not be permitted outside Wales without a reasonable excuse.