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Non-essential shops to reopen in Wales on Monday 12 April. Find out what’s getting the green light to open next

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Shoppers can visit non-essential shops from 12 April but gym owners have to wait at least five further weeks before they can open their doors.

Mark Drakeford, the First Minister, has set out the next steps for relaxing restrictions in Wales.

The Government said that if “public health conditions remain favourable” these would be given the green light.

On Monday 26 April:

  • Outdoor attractions, including funfairs and theme parks, would be allowed to reopen;
  • Outdoor hospitality can resume, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants. Indoor hospitality will remain restricted.

On Monday 3 May:

  • Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people can again take place;
  • Weddings receptions can take place outdoors, but will also be limited to 30 people.

On Monday 10 May:

  • Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities can reopen. This will include individual or one-to-one training but not exercise classes;
  • Extended household will again allow two households to meet and have contact indoors.

The First Minister said: “Thanks to a real team effort across Wales, coronavirus cases remain stable, and the vaccination programme continues apace. As a result, the Welsh Government has the headroom to continue its careful, step-by-step approach to relaxing restrictions. The review we have concluded this week, means we can continue with our programme of further re-opening of the economy and loosening the restrictions in place.”

What will be allowed in Wales from Monday 12 April?

  • The full return of children to schools for face-to-face education, all post-16 learners will return to further education and training centres, and university campus’ will be able to open for blended face-to-face/online learning for all students.
  • All remaining shops can reopen, completing the phased reopening of non-essential retail.
  • All remaining close contact services can open, including mobile services.
  • Travel restrictions on traveling into and out of Wales will be lifted. However, restrictions on travel to countries outside the Common Travel Area without a reasonable excuse, remain in place. The Common Travel Area means the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland;
  • Viewings at wedding venues can resume by appointment.
  • Outdoor canvassing for elections can begin.

The First Minister added: “The sacrifices we have all made are having a positive effect in the battle against Coronavirus. This last year has been incredibly difficult for all of us and again I want to thank everyone for their efforts.

“These efforts have allowed us to gradually ease the restrictions, to gradually introduce more elements of normal life.

“With the weather improving, with more opportunities to see family and friends, there are reasons for optimism. However, we can’t let our guard down yet. We all still need to be vigilant, we still need to do our part to keep this deadly disease at bay.”

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Non-essential shops to reopen in Wales on Monday 12 April. Find out what’s getting the green light to open next