Mark Drakeford: Wales won't lift all restrictions on 21st June
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Wales will begin to enter alert level one from June 7 but will not fully lift restrictions due to the prevalence of the Indian, now renamed Delta, variant elsewhere in the UK. Wales is currently one of the only areas in the four nations with an R Rate less than zero, new data has shown today.
Wales will not fully go into alert level one as the Welsh Government wants to allow more people to be vaccinated before the plan to return to near normal on June 21.
Level one is the lowest level of restrictions for Wales.
However, First Minister Mark Drakeford has recently acknowledged that Wales is likely to be living with restrictions for some time yet.
He said: “If things go well, then by the end of this year we may be living with the simple restrictions, the social distancing, the handwashing, the mask-wearing in crowded places, the things we have become very used to doing to keep one another safe.
“But we simply cannot, I think, say to people with certainty we would like that all the risks of coronavirus are already passed.
“There may be more twists and turns in the story yet”.
What will change in Wales on Monday?
From Monday, more people will be allowed to meet informally outdoors and up to three households will be able to join together as a ‘bubble’.
Groups of 30 people will be allowed to meet outdoors in public spaces, private residences and outdoor hospitality.
Three households will be permitted to meet indoors as part of an extended household, meaning they can meet without social distancing and are permitted to stay over.
Large events, such as football matches and concerts, will be able to go ahead with a limit on capacity.
Up to 4,000 fans will be allowed in venues if it is standing, and up to 10,000 if the event is seated.
However, other earmarked changes which were meant to come have been delayed by the Welsh Government.
The delayed changes include allowing six people from different households to meet indoor at private residences and in holiday accommodation.
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The limit on weddings and funerals, including receptions and wakes, will also not change for at least another two weeks.
Such events are currently capped at 30 people maximum, and social distancing and mask-wearing is required.
Speaking ahead of the announcement, Mr Drakeford said: “The risk of infection is significantly less outdoors than it is indoors.
“This is why we are phasing in the changes in this three-week cycle.
“This will allow more people to enjoy events outdoors and take advantage of the Welsh summer, while we continue to roll out the vaccination programme to all adults.
“We will review the public health situation again in a couple of weeks to see whether we can continue to relax the restrictions and restart indoor events.”
Figures show 36.7 percent of people in Wales have received two doses of a coronavirus vaccine, and 68.5 percent have received at least one dose.
Wales is currently vaccinating all adults, and is the first country in the UK to make it to the 18 to 29 age range.
Of the youngest age range, 57.3 percent have now had their first dose of a vaccine.
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