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Most of the coronavirus restrictions still in place in Wales will be lifted from 7 August 2021 if coronavirus data permits.

The Welsh Government’s plans will mean that all legal limits on the number of people who can meet will end from 7 August 2021 (alert level 0).

Nightclubs could become trading again, and social distancing restrictions indoors will be replaced with a requirement for risk assessments to be implemented.

However, face masks will still be required in most indoor public places, but not in education settings and hospitality businesses, e.g in pubs.

People should continue to work from home where possible.

Double jabbed people will not need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Notably, the Welsh Government has said that some restrictions will be eased earlier, on 17 July 2021 (alert level 1). Six people will be permitted to meet in holiday accommodations, and social distancing outdoors will no longer be required by law.

From 17 July 2021, ice rinks will be able to reopen and the limit on the number of people that can meet in public places or at events will be removed.

Much like in England and Scotland, First Minister Mark Drakeford has also confirmed that fully vaccinated people and under 18s will no longer need to self-isolate when returning from an amber list country.

Also, organised indoor events will be able to take place for up to 1,000 people seated and 200 people standing.

The changes are to be implemented despite rising cases of coronavirus in Wales. Drakeford has said that although he is "reasonably confident" vaccination has “weakened the link between infections and serious illness, [there is still] a risk that this third wave of the pandemic could cause real harm".

The way these plans laid out by the Welsh Government will depend on the state of the pandemic in the country and that no new variants are identified.

 

Further information:

Furlough under the Job Retention Scheme (November 2020 onwards) FAQs

Managing coronavirus issues in the workplace