The restrictions are easing in Wales as the coronavirus infection rate drops and next week we’ll be able to do, visit and travel more than we have for the past four months.

The Welsh Government says 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.

While there are still plenty of restrictions in place, hospitality and gyms aren’t yet allowed, you can make some plans for this week.

Go to the shops

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You may be one of those who end up queueing for Primark when it opens first thing.

Shopping centres like Cardiff, Swansea and Newport city centres will be opening as well as out of town shopping parks like McArthur Glen in Sarn and the shops at Talbot Green, Leckwith and Llanelli.

And if you’re after furniture, Ikea is also open from Monday too.

Get your eyebrows done

Or a massage, or a facial, or anywhere else on your body waxed if that’s what you’re after.

Close contact services like beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers can once again open customers from April 12.

Mobile services can also resume.

Leave Wales

Why would you want to? But that’s another question for another day.

From Monday, April 12, you can go visit family and friends across the United Kingdom and Common Travel Area (the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and the Republic of Ireland).

But travel to any other country requires a reasonable excuse, such as work or compassionate grounds.

Check out your wedding venue

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So many couples have put off, or even cancelled, their wedding plans thanks to the pandemic.

But from April 12 you can view venues – by appointment only and start to build towards that special day.

Learn to drive

Great news for both instructors and pupils who have been desperate to get back on the road.

Instructors have a huge backlog and some have been really struggling over the lockdowns, you can read more on that, here.

Visit a cafe/restaurant/pub to get a takeaway

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One of the highlights of the lockdowns is that we are still able to support our local businesses who have been doing takeaway coffees, cakes, meals and beers.

With any luck it won’t be long before we can sit in a beer garden or terrace. But for now at least we can still get our mitts on some grub and a drink while we are out and about.

Stay in self-contained accommodation in Wales

This rule has been eased since Easter but why not take advantage of the school holidays ending and book a last minute break – in Wales, or around the UK in fact.

Wales is lush, though, so why not check out some of our more luxurious holiday lets, or if you really want to get away from it all, remote cottages. And if you love the family experience, these Welsh holiday parks are for you.

When is the next review?

The next review is on April 22.

So long as rates remain low then at that review the Welsh Government would confirm that outdoor attractions and outdoor hospitality – including at cafes, pubs, and restaurants – will be allowed to re-open from Monday, April 26.


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