The Welsh Government will lift the ‘stay at home’ requirement in Wales from Saturday and replace it with ‘stay local’, First Minister Mark Drakeford will announce this lunchtime.
From tomorrow (13 March), up to four people from no more than two households will be able to meet outdoors together to socialise, including in gardens. Outdoor sports facilities will also be allowed to reopen – including basketball courts, tennis courts and golf courses.
Also from Saturday, single designated visitors will be able to make indoor care home visits. From Monday, hairdressers and barbers will reopen for appointments, while all primary pupils and pupils in qualification years will return to the classroom.
The First Minister will also announce a gradual re-opening of non-essential retail from 22 March and the reopening of all shops from 12 April – the same date as across the border in England. In addition, Mr Drakeford will announce an additional £150m to support businesses affected by Coronavirus restrictions.
The announcements of the easing of lockdown measures in Wales come following the Welsh Government’s latest review of Coronavirus restrictions. Wales currently has a 7-day Coronavirus case rate of 43 per 100,000 people – comparable to levels at the end of last summer and significantly lower than when lockdown measures were implemented at the end of 2020.
Over 1 million people in Wales have had at least one vaccine dose against COVID-19 – around 40% of Wales’ adult population.
When announcing the first steps in easing lockdown measures, First Minister Drakeford is expecting to say;
“We are taking a phased approach to unlocking each sector – starting with schools. We will make step-by-step changes each week to gradually restore freedoms. We will monitor each change we make, so we know what impact each change has had on Wales’ public health situation.”
Mr Drakeford is set to announce the measures in his press conference after 12:15 this lunchtime.