Wales is moving to alert level one

Wales is moving to alert level one

Wales will move fully into alert level one from July 17, meaning up to six people can meet indoors in private homes and holiday accommodation.

From July 17, organised indoor events can also take place for up to 1,000 people seated and up to 200 standing and ice rinks can reopen.

But the wearing of face masks will continue indoors and on public transport, Mark Drakeford, the First Minister, has said.

Mr Drakeford said: “The pandemic is not over and the virus continues to spread across Wales, which makes it really important for everyone to say yes to vaccination and to do everything we can to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.

“Even though vaccines have weakened the link between the virus and hospitalisation, we are seeing young, fit people suffer from long-Covid, which, for some, has a major impact on their lives.”

The First Minister confirmed there were also plans to move to alert level zero – meaning nearly all restrictions are lifted – on August 7, if infection rates then remain stable and even more people are vaccinated.

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.

There would also be no legal limits on the number of people who can meet others indoors, including in private homes.

Alert level zero is set out in an updated Coronavirus Control Plan, published on July 14.

“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,” said Mr Drakeford.

The easing of Covid restrictions had been paused four weeks ago due to the emergence of the Delta variant, and to allow more people to be vaccinated. But the the latest lifting of lockdown measures will bring the country more in line with England and Scotland.

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