Wales: Mark Drakeford outlines plans to ease lockdown 'in spring'
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The First Minister Mark Drakeford announced the easing of a number of restrictions today, as Wales looks forward to a semblance of post-coronavirus life. In his speech, he said that easing lockdown was only possible thanks to the sacrifices of the people of Wales.
He said: “Thanks to everything you have done. You have stayed at home.
You have worked from home. And you have home-schooled your children.
“Your actions – and all your sacrifices – have helped to bring coronavirus under control. Your hard work has helped to save lives.”
Wales will be easing lockdown restrictions ahead of England and other UK countries, all of which are still under strict lockdown rules.
The stay-at-home rule will be replaced by a stay local requirement, with households in Wales being allowed to socialise again, albeit in limited numbers.
Non-essential services, such as hairdressers, are also going to reopen, but retail will stay closed for the time being.
So far, 33.5 percent of the Welsh population have had the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine and 7.5 percent have had a full vaccination, according to Public Health Wales figures.
A total of 1,056,787 people in Wales have been given a first dose while 237,357 have had the full two doses.
When will things reopen in Wales? What are the new rules?
Socialising will be back on the cards for the Welsh from Saturday, March 13, with the stay-at-home rule replaced by the stay local rules.
Up to four people from a maximum of two households will be allowed to gather outdoors, including in private gardens.
Mr Drakeford has confirmed the stay local rule will only be in place for two weeks, with residents of Wales allowed to travel anywhere in the country from March 27, the beginning of the Easter holidays.
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This means self-contained holiday accommodation will be allowed to open in time for the Easter holidays.
Care home visits will be able to resume from Saturday March 13, on the basis of a single designated visitor.
Hairdressers and barbers will be allowed to reopen from Monday, March 15.
Schools are also set to return in full from Monday, similar to England, which sent all pupils back to face-to-face teaching on March 8.
Looking forward, non-essential retail will begin to re-open on a gradual basis beginning on Monday, March 22.
Shops such as supermarkets, which are currently entitled to remain open, will see restrictions on what they can sell removed.
Garden centres will also be able to reopen from March 22.
All shops, including close contact services, will be able to re-open from April 12.
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