WALES has, from today, moved to alert level two, this allows the re-opening of indoor businesses such as cinemas, galleries and the interior seating areas of pubs, cafes and restaurants.

The reopening of these businesses is similar to last summer but with the added weight of a vaccination program that has so far seen over 2 million welsh people receive a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

Foreign travel restrictions have also been lifted to a small amount of countries but the Welsh Government continue to advise against travelling abroad.

Physical contact between people, such as hugs, is still limited to members of your family or support bubbles, but those restrictions have been lifted in England.

The Welsh Government had considered lifting restrictions further but concern about the aggressive ‘India variant’ have forced those plans to be shelved until more data is available. It’s important to remember that current vaccines are believed to be effective against new strains.

Last week, Mark Drakeford said that the relaxing of coronavirus restrictions was down to “everyone’s hard work and ongoing efforts”.

“Indoor hospitality will be able to reopen, a move that will be welcomed by many of us as we look forward to enjoying a drink, a meal and the company of friends and family in a café or pub.

“By sticking with the rules and our successful vaccine programme, we are making really good progress in controlling the virus and keeping rates low.

“But the pandemic isn’t over – the new, so-called Indian variant of concern is another unwanted twist in this pandemic, which we are monitoring closely.”