Wales’ tourism sector will be allowed to start re-opening from tomorrow (27 March) as the stay-local restrictions are lifted across the country.
From Saturday, self-contained holiday accommodation, including hotels with en-suite facilities and room service, will be allowed to reopen for people from the same household or support bubble. Meanwhile, rules will also be relaxed to enable organised outdoor sports and activities for those under the age of 18 to take place. Up to six people from two different households will be allowed to meet and exercise outdoors.
In addition, libraries and archives will be allowed to re-open their doors.
Wales is moving out of Alert Level Four and is starting to transition into Alert Level Three, which should see the easing of more restrictions considered in the next three-week review cycle.
Announcing the latest easing of restrictions, First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford said;
“These further relaxations are part of our careful and phased approach to unlocking the restrictions and enabling people and businesses to resume their activities in the safest possible way.
“We’re only able to do this because of the sacrifices everyone across Wales has made over the last few months – everything you are doing to keep your loved ones safe is also keeping Wales safe.
“The public health position remains stable; our incredible vaccination programme goes from strength to strength – we have headroom to make these changes.”
Currently, the 7-day coronavirus case rate in Wales is around 39.1 per 100,000 people – the lowest since the end of last summer.
While restrictions are being eased, travel into and out of Wales is still restricted. Over the next two weeks, an ‘interim all-Wales travel area’ will be in place. People will only be allowed to travel into or out of Wales if they have a reasonable excuse for doing so, and international travel still remains heavily restricted.
People from England or any other nation outside of Wales will not be allowed to stay in holiday accommodation in Wales until at least April 12.
So far, Wales has eased some restrictions faster than in other nations of the UK, with the country having the lowest case-rate of the four nations. Hairdressers have already re-opened in Wales and the reopening of accommodation will come significantly earlier than in England. However, not all schools have reopened in Wales yet, and the reintroduction of the rule of 6 comes just days ahead of the change in England, which is expected on Monday.