Welsh Government details first steps out of lockdown with new “stay local” requirement
Today (12th March), the Welsh Government has announced that it will lift the “stay at home” requirement in Wales and replace it with “stay local”, as part of a careful, cautious and phased approach to relaxing coronavirus restrictions.
Importantly, First Minister Mark Drakeford will also announce an additional £150 million to support businesses affected by ongoing restrictions. This will be helpful to mobility businesses in Wales that have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.
From tomorrow (13th March), four people from two households will be able to meet outdoors to socialise, including in gardens. In addition, outdoor sports facilities, including basketball courts, tennis courts and golf courses, can reopen, and indoor care home visits will restart, for single designated visitors.
From Monday, all primary pupils and those in qualifications years will return. Schools will have the flexibility to bring year 10 and 12 learners back and more learners will return to colleges.
There will also be flexibility for in-school check-ins for all other pupils. All learners will return after the Easter break.
Hairdressers and barbers will re-open for appointments from Monday.
From 22 March non-essential retail will start re-opening gradually as the restrictions are lifted on what can be sold in shops which are currently open. Garden centres will also be able to open.
All shops, including all close contact services, will be able to open from 12 April – the same date as in England.
First Minister Mark Drakeford will say: “We are taking a phased approach to unlocking each sector – starting with schools. We will make step-by-step changes each week to gradually restore freedoms. We will monitor each change we make, so we know what impact each change has had on Wales’ public health situation.”https://thiis.co.uk/welsh-government-details-first-steps-out-of-lockdown-with-new-stay-local-requirement/https://i2.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/First-Minister-Mark-Drakeford.jpg?fit=600%2C400&ssl=1https://i2.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/First-Minister-Mark-Drakeford.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1Government & Local AuthoritiesNewsroomSector NewsFirst Minister Mark Drakeford,mobility businesses,Welsh Government,Welsh Government coronavirus restrictions,Welsh Government lockdown roadmapToday (12th March), the Welsh Government has announced that it will lift the “stay at home” requirement in Wales and replace it with “stay local”, as part of a careful, cautious and phased approach to relaxing coronavirus restrictions. Importantly, First Minister Mark Drakeford will also announce an additional £150 million...Sarah SarsbySarah Sarsbysarah@thiis.co.ukAdministratorTHIIS Magazine