The Speaker
Saturday, 18 May 2024 – 10:47

Requirement to stay local to be lifted in Wales from Monday

First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford has confirmed that the requirement to stay local will be lifted from Monday 6 July.

Speaking on Friday, Mr Drakeford said that the current conditions in Wales allow for the requirement to stay local to be removed from Monday, but urged people to remember to comply with social distancing and hygiene measures.

People in Wales had been told to ‘stay local’, meaning generally not travelling further than 5 miles from their home. Over time, this rule has been slightly eased to allow for travel on compassionate grounds and from Monday, the requirement will be scrapped. ‘Stay Local’ and similar messages have been implemented in other countries but was not implemented in England. When the ‘Stay at Home’ message was changed to ‘Stay Alert’, the public in England were told that they could travel throughout the country.

The lifting of the requirement to stay local will mean that people can travel further for leisure, shopping and to see friends and family outside.

From Monday, people in Wales will also be able to form extended households for the first time in lockdown, as announced by the First Minister at the start of this week.

Self-contained holiday accommodation and hairdressers can start to reopen in Wales from 11 July and bars and restaurants may be able to open outdoors from 13 July, subject to the outcome of a review of Coronavirus regulations on 9 July.

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