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August 7 will see all legal limits on the number of people who can meet others end but rules on face coverings are set to continue most indoor public places, except in hospitality businesses, such as pubs and restaurants.

Wales is set to move into alert level one on July 17, with the plan to remove most restrictions on people and businesses three weeks later on August 7.

Alert level one means that from July 17:

  • Social distancing outdoors is no longer required by law.
  • Limits on the numbers of people who can meet outdoors will be scrapped
  • Up to six people can meet indoors in private homes and holiday accommodation.
  • Organised indoor events can take place for up to 1,000 seated and up to 200 standing.

Alert level zero means that from August 7:

  • No legal limits on the number of people who can meet others.
  • Business will be expected to carry out Covid risk assessments.
  • Face masks will be required in shops, when accessing health care, and on public transport
  • All businesses (including nightclubs) will be able to reopen.

When announcing the planned easing of restrictions, First Minister Mark Drakeford said,

We can be reasonably confident that vaccination has weakened the link between infections and serious illness.

“But there is still a risk that this third wave of the pandemic could cause real harm – either direct harm from the virus or indirect harm from, for example, people having to isolate.

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