Wales has moved to Covid alert level zero — meaning most restrictions have come to an end.
Almost 17 months after the country first entered lockdown, its nightclubs are allowed to reopen and meeting indoors is permitted.
Face masks are still required in most public indoor places, but not in pubs, restaurants or schools — and First Minister Mark Drakeford has warned against a “free-for-all”.
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The decision was confirmed on August 5 following weeks of case rates dropping, which helped “create the conditions in which we can move forward”, Mr Drakeford said.
He said on Friday that he was confident Wales was on the “final lap” of emerging from the coronavirus pandemic, as long as there are no “further unexpected turns in the course of the virus”.
The new rules in Wales
- No legal limits on number of people who can meet
- Double-jabbed adults won’t have to isolate if in contact with a Covid case
- All businesses and premises can reopen
- People are asked to socially distance and minimise social contact
- They are asked to meet outdoors or in a well-ventilated place
- People should continue to work at home wherever possible
- If you have Covid symptoms you should self-isolate and get tested
- Face coverings are law in public places like shops, public transport and healthcare settings.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson lifted most restrictions for England on July 19.
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