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Change to rules on indoor gatherings in Wales set to be announced by First Minister

Change to rules on indoor gatherings in Wales set to be announced by First Minister

The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford will today confirm a change to rules on people meeting others indoors in Wales.

From Monday (14 September), a new limit will be introduced on the number of people that can meet indoors in Wales. The new limit will mean only six people can meet indoors at any one time and all of these six people must belong to the same extended household group.

This week it was announced in England that from Monday, only six people will be allowed to gather at any one time, no matter whether the gathering is indoors or outdoors (with some exemptions such as for sports teams, work and education). However, there will be no change to the current rules on meeting outdoors in Wales.

Since August, gatherings of up to 30 people have been allowed outdoors in Wales, providing social distancing measures are maintained.

The change on indoor gatherings comes as parts of Wales have seen an increase in cases of the COVID-19 virus. Often, these cases have been linked to people meeting and socialising with others indoors without social distancing.

The change, set to be announced by the First Minister this lunchtime, will not apply in the Caerphilly County Borough Council area, where localised restrictions have been introduced. This week, restrictions were imposed on the area to control a sharp rise in Coronavirus cases, including suspending meetings of extended households indoors.

 

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