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Wales to ease COVID rules from Saturday – but face masks still needed indoors and on public transport

Written by on 14/07/2021

Coronavirus restrictions in Wales will be further relaxed from Saturday but face masks will still have to be worn on public transport and in most indoor public places, the first minister has said.

The nation will move from alert level two to alert level one on 17 July – bringing it more broadly in line with England and Scotland.

There will also be a further relaxation on 7 August to a new level zero which will see most coronavirus restrictions gone, he added.

But even after 7 August face masks will be retained for some settings.

On Monday, Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced that all remaining restrictions on social contact will lift in England as planned on 19 July. The legally-mandated requirement for indoor spaces.

The same is happening in Scotland but with “certain modifications” to the rules kept in place and face masks remaining mandatory.

The news in Wales comes after Mr Drakeford delayed the decision to move the country to alert level one by four weeks at the COVID last review.

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Wales was kept at alert level two meaning people could only meet in groups of six at indoor venues and in groups of up to 30 outdoors, while home visitors were limited to a three-household bubble.

Working from home and social distancing outside of your household were also compulsory.

 Sky News

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