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Wales prepares for indoor hospitality reopening from 17 May Published Date: 23/04/2021

First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed in his written statement that Wales is on track for indoor hospitality reopening from Monday 17 May in line with England.  He has also confirmed outdoor hospitality, including cafes, pubs and restaurants, will be allowed to reopen on Monday - alongside outdoor attractions, organised outdoor activities and wedding receptions for up to 30 people.

The latest written statement follows the regular review of the coronavirus restrictions in Wales (required to be undertaken every three weeks).  The most recent review was due by 22 April.   

Mr Drakeford has confirmed that outdoor hospitality, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants, will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26th April, and:

  • Outdoor swimming pools and outdoor visitor attractions, including funfairs, amusement parks and theme parks can reopen.
  • Organised outdoor activities for adults for up to 30 people can again take place.
  • Weddings receptions for up to 30 people can take place outdoors at regulated premises.

If conditions remain favorable, Wales will bring relax restrictions to alert level three during this review cycle, meaning that from 3 May:

This would mean, from 3 May:

  • Gyms, fitness facilities, leisure centres and swimming pools can reopen 
  • Extended households will be possible, allowing two households to come together to form an exclusive bubble who can meet and have contact indoors
  • Children’s indoor activities can recommence
  • Organised indoor activities for adults can recommence for up to 15 people, including group exercise classes
  • Community Centres can reopen

Again subject to continued improvements in the public health situation, Wales should move to alert level two on Monday 17 May, meaning:  

  • Indoor hospitality can reopen 
  • Remainder of holiday accommodation can open (e.g., campsites with shared facilities) to members of single households or extended households
  • Entertainment venues can open, including cinemas, bingo halls, bowling alleys, indoor play centres and areas, casinos, and amusement arcades
  • Indoor visitor attractions can open, including museums, galleries, educational and heritage attractions, and heritage sites such as stately homes
  • The rule of four applies for gatherings in regulated premises like a café (up to 4 people from 4 households) or a single household if more than 4 people.
  • The rule of six continues outdoors. Meeting indoors in private homes will still be limited to the extended household only (exclusive bubble).
  • The limits on organised activities increases to 30 indoors and 50 outdoors.
  • Wedding receptions can take place indoors in regulated premises for up to 30 people.