Coronavirus cases have fallen to their lowest rate since September – which means some lockdown rules can be eased sooner than expected.

The Welsh Government say the public health situation – and vaccination rates – continue to improve. The pressure on hospitals is also easing. Confirmed cases in hospital beds continue to reduce, and now stand at 89. This is 26% lower than last Thursday and is the lowest position since September 22, 2020.

It means that the planned date that gyms and leisure centres can re-open has been brought forward, by a week, along with when people will be allowed to form an extended household – so meet family or friends indoors.

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Also being brought forward is the date people can take part in organised outdoor activities and outdoor wedding receptions.

Here’s what will happen when in Wales:

From April 12:

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Schools can fully re-open to all pupils following the Easter break while all post-16 learners will return to further education and training centres and university campuses will be able to open for blended face-to-face and online learning for all students All remaining non-essential shops can re-open Close contact services like massage therapists and tattooists can open again and this includes mobile services Travel into and out of Wales from the United Kingdom and Common Travel area (the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and the Republic of Ireland) is once again permitted but travel to any other country requires a reasonable excuse, such as work or compassionate grounds Viewings at wedding venues can resume by appointment Outdoor canvassing for elections can begin Driving lessons can resume

From April 26:

Outdoor attractions, including funfairs and theme parks, will be allowed to re-open Hospitality can resume outdoor service including at cafes, pubs, and restaurants but indoor hospitality will remain restricted Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people can take place Wedding receptions can take place outdoors but will also be limited to 30 people

From May 3:

A cleaning station in a gym
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Gyms, leisure centres, and fitness facilities can re-open. This will include individual or one-to-one training but not exercise classes
Extended households will again allow two households to meet and have contact indoors

The rules you have to adhere to over coronavirus:

There is then another review planned on May 13, when it is hoped the following will be allowed to happen:

From May 17:

Wales would enter alert level three Children’s indoor activities would be able to resume Community centres would be able to re-open Organised indoor activities for adults, including exercise classes, would be allowed to resume limited to a maximum of 15 people

Later in May

The hope is that after May 17, indoor hospitality and remaining visitor accommodation can re-open “in advance of” the spring bank holiday on May 31.

All changes remain subject to public health conditions continuing to remain favourable.


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