Wales – Covid restrictions set to be easedJuly 15th, 2021
Wales – Covid restrictions set to be eased
Mark Drakeford has announced that Wales will move fully into alert level 1 from Saturday, July 17, and is set to lift nearly all restrictions on people and businesses three weeks later on Saturday, August 7.
The First Minister said: “We are entering a new phase of the pandemic. Cases of the virus have risen sharply since the delta variant emerged six weeks ago but, thanks to our fantastic vaccination programme, we are not seeing these translate into large numbers of people falling seriously ill or needing hospital treatment.”
With our sector already trading, the further easing of restrictions on 17 July does not really impact us. However, the need to continue with all the Covid, health, safety and hygiene precautions remaining in place, and together with your continuing ‘duty of care’ to your staff and customers and the hugely important updating of your business/salon risk assessment, must be uppermost in your minds.
It means that from July 17:
Up to six people can meet indoors in private homes and holiday accommodation.
Organised indoor events can take place for up to 1,000 seated and up to 200 standing
Ice rinks can reopen
New rules for children’s residential activity centres so children in groups of up to 30 can visit.
Wales will also take the first step into alert level zero (0) as the limits on the numbers of people who can meet, in public places or at events will be removed. Outdoor premises and events will also have greater flexibility around physical distancing.
From August 7, if the public health situation allows, all premises would be able to open and most – but not all – restrictions will be removed and replaced with the ongoing requirement for all organisations and businesses to carry out Covid risk assessments.
There will also be no legal limits on the number of people who can meet others indoors, including in private homes. Face coverings will continue to be required by law in most indoor public places and on public transport at alert level zero (0) from 7 August, with the exception of hospitality settings.