Here’s a quick run through of today’s changes, and those coming into force in the next weeks:
Non-essential retail to open from Monday.
Stay local rules remain in place for the next fortnight w/ exemptions on compassionate grounds.
Schools will reopen as announced on 29 June.
Hairdressers can plan to reopen by appointment in three weeks’ time.From Monday
All non-essential retail will be able to reopen, if they can comply with physical distancing rules.
Childcare facilities will reopen on phased basis to support people returning to work.
Places of worship will be able to reopen for private prayer.
Restrictions on a wide range of outdoor activities lifted but not for contact or team sports yet.From 6th July
If stay local requirement is lifted on 6 July, people will be able to travel again to tourist attractions throughout Wales.
Guidance will be published on the Welsh Government website in the coming days to help people make these decisions.Later
Hairdressers can prepare to resume services by appointment in three weeks time.
For other sectors in our economy, Welsh Government will use the next three weeks to discuss how lockdown can safely be lifted when the conditions are right.
Retailers will be able to resume trading if they can take all reasonable measures to comply with the physical distancing duty in Welsh law to reduce the spread of coronavirus and protect shop workers and shoppers.
The changes are part of a comprehensive package of measures being introduced step by step every Monday over the next 3 weeks. Pupils will return to schools on 29 June and the requirement to stay local will be lifted, if conditions allow on 6 July.
The First Minister will today also alert the visitor and tourism industry to start preparations to reopen if the spread of the virus continues to decline.
On Monday, a series of changes will be made to the coronavirus regulations – the main change will be to enable non-essential retail businesses to open.
They follow the fourth statutory review of the coronavirus regulations by Welsh Ministers, using the latest scientific and medical evidence from the UK Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), the Welsh Government’s Technical Advisory Cell (TAC) and the advice from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales.
Monday’s changes include:
- Enabling private prayer in places of worship where social distancing is maintained and gatherings do not take place
- Restarting the housing market by enabling house viewings to take place in vacant properties and house moves where a sale has been agreed but not yet completed
- Lifting the restrictions on outdoor sports courts but social distancing must be maintained. No contact or team sports will be allowed
- Enabling non-professional elite athletes, including Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, to resume training.
On June 29, pupils will be returning to schools to check in, catch up and prepare for summer and September under plans announced by Education Minister Kirsty Williams.
Stay Local Guidance
The requirement to stay local and not generally travelling more than 5 miles from home remains in place.
However, new guidance will make it clear people are able to travel outside their local area on compassionate grounds. This includes seeing people at a care home or a youth offender institution – when these visits are allowed. People who are eligible to vote in overseas elections, where voting must be done in person, will also be able to travel.
Ministers have decided to lift the requirement to stay local on 6 July, provided the conditions allow. With the requirement lifted, people will be able to travel to tourist attractions across Wales.
The First Minister will today signal to some businesses and the visitor and tourism industry to use this period to begin to make preparations for reopening.
At the next review on 9 July, the Welsh Government will consider a range of specific options for opening:
- Self-contained holiday accommodation
- Personal care services, such as hairdressing and beauty, by appointment.
Discussions will also be held with the hospitality sector about the potential phased reopening of pubs, cafes and restaurants while maintaining strict social distancing.