Covid 19 The Rules in Wales!

July 15, 2021

In Wales we do things a little differently. The rules and regs in Wales have always differed a little from those in England. Please have a read of the latest coronarvirus rules. The face mask rules will remain in place despite the UK government's decision to scrap them in England.

Most Covid rules in Wales - but not all - are set to be scrapped from 7 August.

The Welsh government said all laws on the number of people who can meet will end but First Minister Mark Drakeford warned against "a free for all."

Nightclubs would be able to reopen, but face masks will still be required in most indoor public places except in pubs, restaurants and schools.

Some rules will change on Saturday, meaning six people can to meet in private homes and holiday homes.

Despite the plan to ease many rules, people will be asked to continue working from home wherever possible.

Meanwhile, specific social distancing in workplace laws are expected to end from 7 August, with businesses left to decide if they still need to keep customers and workers apart through risk assessments.

Mr Drakeford warned the Senedd that the Delta variant is in every part of Wales and was "spreading quickly", with "real dangers" that could not be ignored.

He told a press conference: "This is not a free-for-all."

From Saturday 17 July

Wales will complete the move to alert level 1:

  • up to 6 people can meet indoors in private homes and holiday accommodation
  • organised indoor events for up to 1,000 seated or 200 standing can take place, subject to a risk assessment and taking reasonable measures
  • ice rinks can re-open
  • remove the legal restrictions on the number of people who can gather outdoors
  • allow up to 30 children from organisations, such as the Brownies and Scouts, to attend residential centres over the summer holidays

From Saturday 7 August (if conditions allow)

Complete the move to alert level 0:

  • remove legal restrictions on the number of people who can meet indoors, including in private homes, public places or at events
  • all businesses and premises can open, including nightclubs
  • people should still work from home wherever possible
  • face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors, with the exception of hospitality premises. This will be kept under review.

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