People can look ahead to potentially hugging loved ones and sharing a meal or going for a drink in pubs or restaurants as Wales sees a detailed version of how unlocking may look.
While all dates are subject to public health conditions remaining favourable the prospective measures announced by the Welsh Government would finally see Wales leaving alert level four restrictions after almost exactly five months.
Mark Drakeford has unveiled a step-by-step approach to how measures could change over the next two months with updates on everything from weddings and receptions to travel within the UK, extended households, and the return of hospitality.
We’ll be covering his press conference as he outlines the changes live from 12.15pm on Thursday, April 1, but in the meantime we’ve gone through chronologically the phased approach to easing restrictions which he will formally set out at that briefing.
From April 12:
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, would be allowed to re-open hospitality can resume outdoor service including at cafes, pubs, and restaurants but indoor hospitality will remain restricted
From May 3:
organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people can take place weddings receptions can take place outdoors but will also be limited to 30 people
From May 10:
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
NB. The next review will take place on May 13 led by the next Welsh Government but “preparations will be made to allow the following relaxations to be considered”.
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
After May 17 consideration will be given to enabling indoor hospitality and remaining visitor accommodation to re-open “in advance of” the spring bank holiday on May 31.
All changes remain subject to public health conditions continuing to remain favourable.