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Welsh First Minister announces phased relaxation of coronavirus restrictions from Monday

Written by on 4th June 2021

Wales will begin a phased transition to alert level one from Monday 7 June with up to 30 people able to meet outdoors, Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced.

Under the plans, large outdoor activities and events will resume first before three households and an additional support bubble are then allowed to meet shortly after.

From Monday, concerts, football matches and sporting events can go ahead for up to 4,000 people non-seated and 10,000 people seated, so long as a full risk assessment and COVID precautions are in place.

Ministers will review the public health situation again ahead of 21 June to determine whether indoor events can restart and the move to alert level one can be completed, Mr Drakeford said.
He added that the two stage approach to unlocking will allow for more people to be vaccinated twice amid growing concerns about the spread of the Delta variant of coronavirus – formerly known as the Indian variant – across the UK.

Announcing the phased move to alert level one, the Welsh first minister said:

I want to thank everyone in Wales for everything they have done to control the spread of coronavirus and keep rates low.
“The emergence of the delta variant shows the pandemic is not over yet and we all need to continue to take steps to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

The risk of infection is significantly less outdoors than it is indoors. This is why we are phasing in the changes in this three-week cycle.

“This will allow more people to enjoy events outdoors and take advantage of the Welsh summer while we continue to roll out the vaccination programme to all adults.
“We will review the public health situation again in a couple of weeks to see whether we can continue to relax the restrictions and restart indoor events.”