Mark Drakeford MS, First Minister

The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 require a review of the coronavirus restrictions is undertaken every three weeks.  As part of the ongoing work for the review due this week, I am able to confirm two amendments to the regulation which will take place.

The public health context in Wales remains favourable, with cases falling and our vaccination programme continues to go from strength to strength. Because meeting outdoors continues to be lower risk than meeting indoors, I will bring forward changes to allow any six people (not including children under 11 years of age or carers) to meet outdoors from Saturday 24 April.

The current rule provides for up to six people from a maximum of two households to meet outdoors.

People should observe social distancing from people from outside their household or support bubble when meeting others outside.

The rules for meeting indoors remain unchanged.

I am also able to confirm outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26th April as previously signalled.

I will provide another Written Statement following the conclusion of the reviews of restrictions due by 22 April.

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