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Coronavirus restrictions relaxed further in Wales Published Date: 24/07/2020

Tourist accommodation with shared facilities, such as camping sites and all hotels will be able to re-open from Saturday (25 July) as will underground attractions, marking the full re-opening of Wales’ visitor attractions.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 2) (Wales) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 come into effect from 25th July, meaning:

25 July (Regulation 2):

  • underground visitor attractions and all holiday accommodation can open (previously only self=contained holiday accommodation could open).
  • requirement to work from home where reasonably practicable is removed.

27 July (Regulation 3):

  • crematoriums, indoor cinemas, nail and beauty salons, massage parlours, establishments providing tanning services, body piercings, tattooing, electrolysis or acupuncture, amusement arcades, museums, galleries and archive services can open.
  • face masks on public transport now required for passengers (with exceptions)
  • restrictions on gatherings relacted to enable activities relating to the sale and letting of residential property.

This is the latest in the phased re-opening of Wales’ hospitality, leisure and retail sectors.  First Minister, Mark Drakeford said:

"Thanks to the efforts we have all made to reduce the spread of the virus, we are taking further steps to re-open more of Wales.

"More of our retail, leisure, hospitality and tourism sectors, which play such an important part in our economy, will start to welcome back customers and guests from tomorrow.

"As more places start to reopen, we must get used to some changes to help protect ourselves and the people working in these businesses. This may mean having to book ahead or giving our details to the places we are visiting, to help our Test Trace Protect service, in the event there’s an outbreak of coronavirus.

"It’s the responsibility of all of us to follow these new rules so we can keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.

"Coronavirus has not gone away. But if we all work together, we can keep Wales safe."

The next formal review of the regulations will be carried out by 30 July. The Welsh Government will consider a range of options, including the options for the opening of pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants indoors. 

New rules making it compulsory to wear a face covering on public transport, including taxis, will also come into effect on Monday (27 July).