March 26, 2021

Covid-19

Latest news from the Welsh Government as at Friday, 26th March 2021.

The coronavirus rules in Wales are set to change from Saturday (March 27).

For the first time since the lockdown was announced on December 20, there are no travel restrictions within Wales and that is good news for some tourism businesses ahead of the Easter holidays.

First Minister Drakeford said: “These further relaxations are part of our careful and phased approach to unlocking the restrictions and enabling people and businesses to resume their activities in the safest possible way.

“We’re only able to do this because of the sacrifices everyone across Wales has made over the last few months – everything you are doing to keep your loved ones safe is also keeping Wales safe.

“The public health position remains stable; our incredible vaccination programme goes from strength to strength – we have headroom to make these changes.”

The Welsh Government said the latest easing of restrictions meant Wales was moving out of alert level four – which has the strictest set of measures – and was now moving into level three.

Here are the main rule changes from tomorrow:

Travel restrictions lifted

The country’s “stay local” requirement will also be lifted on the same day, meaning there will be no travel restrictions within Wales.

But the easing of tourism and travel rules are not meant to be taken advantage of by people living elsewhere in the UK – with England, Scotland and Northern Ireland still under lockdowns.

And an interim “all-Wales travel area” in place until April 12 means people will be unable to travel in or out of the country for at least another two weeks, unless for a reasonable excuse such as for work.

Tourism starts to re-open

People from Wales will be able to stay in self-contained holiday accommodation from Saturday, First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed.

Self-contained holiday accommodation includes hotels with en-suite facilities and room service, as well as caravans and holiday homes where facilities are not shared. Guests staying at self-contained accommodation must be from the same household or support bubble.