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Outdoor hospitality venues can open from Monday

Mark Drakeford briefing

VENUES with outdoor hospitality will be able to begin trading from Monday, April 26.

First Minister Mark Drakeford announced on Friday, April 23, that because of the improving public health situation, there was further headroom to make changes.

Cafes, pubs and restaurants will be able to resume with outdoor hospitality while outdoor attractions can also reopen.

Swimming pools, funfairs and theme parks are also included.

It had been announced at the last Welsh Government review that hospitality venues could expect to reopen from May 17.

Mr Drakeford said that Wales had the lowest case rate in the UK and added that the decline in case rates was as a result of the hard work which people across Wales have done.

Many shops have already began trading again and children have gone back to school as restrictions across the country continue to be relaxed.

From Saturday, April 24, up to six people from six different households will be able to meet and the First Minister added that this rule would also to apply for outdoor hospitality settings to help that sector get back to normal.

Mr Drakeford said that the pressure on the NHS was continuing to ease but warned that the virus has not gone away.

The First Minister said: “The sacrifices we have made continue to show results. By us all working together and sticking to the rules, combined with our vaccination programme, mean we continue to make progress. Rates of the virus continue to fall and the public health situation is improving. 

“Due to these efforts we are able confirm more easing of the restrictions from 26 April and for early May we are again able to bring forward some of our plans. However, this progress is dependent on all of us continuing to work together to keep Wales safe.