If the public health situation allows Wales to move into alert level zero on August 7.
From that date, there will be no legal limits on the number of people who can meet others indoors, including in private homes. All premises would be able to open and most, but not all, restrictions will be removed.
You can view the full rules and what it means for you life here.
This lifting of restrictions would mean that people in Wales have the fewest impositions on their liberty since the start of the pandemic. WalesOnline has gone through what the new guidelines to see what you can do in from August 7 that has not been allowed since March 2020.
Before we go through the there are a few things to consider:
- This lifting is not set it stone, it is subject to what happens with the virus and hospital admissions over the next three weeks.
- Even once restrictions have lifted the virus hasn’t gone away. The Welsh Government is still urging people to exercise caution and take precautions.
- The virus is still a threat to life and people with two jabs are still dying of the disease.
Throw a house party
All being well from August 7 there will be no legal limits on the number of people who can meet others, including in private homes, public places or at events.
This means that you can have as many people in your house as you wish. It’s still worth stressing though, this is still one of the most risky things you can do in terms of spreading the virus – but it is allowed.
At present, up to 6 people can meet indoors in private homes.
Have people over to stay who aren’t in your bubble
This also means that you have people over to stay. Up until last week only people within your three household bubble could stay in your home.
Go to a night club
Nightclubs have not been open at all in Wales since March 2020 even when the virus was incredibly suppressed last summer.
They have just opened in England and will be allowed in Wales (subject to rules) from August 7. All businesses and premises will be able to re-open. However, carrying out a coronavirus risk assessment will continue to be a legal requirement for businesses, employers and event organisers.
Businesses, employers and other organisations will still be required to take reasonable measures to manage the risk of coronavirus at their premises with these “reasonable measures” for each organisation to consider “the nature of the premises and the risks of exposure to coronavirus identified.”
Stand at the bar in the pub (maybe)
These same rules apply in pubs and bars. Since hospitality re-opened venues have had to provide table service.
For many people this has taken away one of the key parts of the pub exepraince, ordering at the bar, trying the beers and chatting to people. Restrictions are lifted and it will no longer be the law that people can’t order at the bar but it will be up to the individual venue to decide if they will continue with just table service.
Not take a mask with you to a pub or restaurant
Face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors in public places, such as on public transport, in shops and when accessing healthcare. They will not be legally required in hospitality but “face coverings in the workplace should also be considered by businesses and employers as part of their coronavirus risk assessment”.
In the Welsh Government’s Covid plan they say: “We are starting with with the exception of hospitality premises because for the majority of time people spend there, they are already not required to wear a face covering because of the exemption that applies when consuming food or drink”.
It should be stressed that masks will still reduce your risk of passing the disease on to others and many people have already expressed the view that they will continue with mask wearing.
Go to a festival
There have been small pilot events, but large scale festivals will happen for the first time after August 7.
Organisers of the Green Man Festival have announced their decision to go ahead with the festival this year. Everyone over 16 attending will need to show that they’ve either had two doses of a coronavirus vaccine or that they have had a negative lateral flow test within 48 hours prior to their arrival. The NHS Covid Pass will be used as proof.
Things that you will be doing for the first time:
Be refused entry to somewhere because you haven’t been vaccinated
The Welsh Government is allowing venues and events to demand that attendees are vacinated before they are allowed in.
These so-called domestic Covid passports these will be an option for businesses though not law. The Welsh Government Covid plan says: “There are currently no plans in Wales to mandate the use of Covid status certification as a condition of entry of visitors to any setting.
“However, the infrastructure has been developed (via the NHS Covidpass) and the Welsh Government will make the Covid pass available for wider use should businesses and individuals choose to use the system.”
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Not self isolate if you’re a close contact
Self-isolation if you have symptoms or a positive test result will continue to be required.
However, the Welsh Government has said they have “considered the evidence” and it is their intention to remove the requirement for people who are fully vaccinated to self-isolate if they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive.
Final decisions will be made as part of the next review on August 5.
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