Coronavirus: What do the latest lockdown rules say?

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In the coming days people in Wales will be able to do more as lockdown measures are eased.

Current rules mean you must stay local, and can only meet relatives and friends outdoors or in your garden from one household at a time.

However, from Monday 6 July people can form “extended households” with one other household and can have physical contact and stay the night.

The restrictions on travel will also be lifted, ending the five-mile guidance.

Some pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants will also be able to reopen outdoors from 13 July, under new Welsh Government plans.

Venues will be able to open in spaces they own and have licences for – as long as coronavirus cases continue to fall.

But indoor services remain closed for now and some pubs, including chain Wetherspoon, said it would not reopen its beer gardens ahead of pubs being able to open fully.

The date for reopening self-contained accommodation has been brought forward to 11 July to allow owners to let Saturday to Saturday.

With the “stay local” travel restrictions being lifted in Wales on 6 July, outdoor attractions may also reopen for the first time since March.

Non-essential shops reopened last month, however Wales remains the only part of the UK without a restart date for indoor hospitality.

While people must still stay local until next week, people are allowed to check on relatives they are worried about. This includes seeing people in care homes, if the home gives permission.

Here are details of the lockdown rules as they stand, and what the changes mean.

Who can I meet and where?

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Social distancing in Llandudno, Conwy

People from two different households are currently able to meet outdoors, but must maintain social distancing.

This does not need to be the same people from the same household every time.

You are able to meet in local parks and open spaces, and private gardens, though you should not go into someone’s home unless they are your one “extended household”.

The Welsh Government has acknowledged that people may have to pass through someone’s home to reach a private garden, but individuals have been told not to stay inside.

From 6 July, this can be more than five miles from your home

There is no restriction on the number of people at any one time. But getting together with members of more than one household at the same time is still not allowed.

Where can I travel?

We have been told to “stay local” within five miles of your home, though from Monday 6 July, that no longer applies.

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What about toilets?

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Many public toilets are currently closed, and the Welsh Government has said people should consider this when going to open spaces to meet others.

There is no news on when they will reopen.

Guidance says you must not use someone else’s bathroom, or kitchen, if you are visiting them in their garden, to prevent the spread of the virus.

What about taking children to see family?

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Young children may struggle to socially distance

It may be some time since your child saw their grandparents, uncles and aunties and this was one of the main considerations behind “extended households”.

The changes on 6 July are similar to “support bubbles” elsewhere in the UK and comes after children started going back to school in small groups.

It will mean people can have physical contact, exercise, cook and eat together, and also stay in homes of one other household.

There is no limit to the number of people that can be in the two households, but they cannot be changed once they are formed and all members of both households must self-isolate if someone becomes ill.

What if I am shielding or living with someone who is shielding?

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More than 120,000 people have been told to self-isolate in Wales during the pandemic.

People shielding, due to being classed as high-risk, can go outside to exercise and meet others – at a 2m distance.

But they have been advised not go into another person’s house or share food with them.

Can I exercise with a friend or play sports?

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Playing tennis again at Whitchurch in Cardiff

You are able to go for a walk, run or cycle as often as you want with people from a second household, as long as you are not in large groups and are at least two metres apart.

Outdoor sports venues and courts, such as tennis, bowls and golf, have reopened, but people must maintain social distancing, and no contact or team sports, such as football and rugby, are permitted below elite level.

The Welsh Government is considering allowing outdoor non-contact team sports, such as “organised” cricket, to return as part of next week’s review of lockdown restrictions.

However gyms and swimming pools remain closed to the general public, despite calls from many top athletes.

Can I book a holiday in Wales?

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May’s school half-term would normally have boosted trade in tourist towns like Tenby

You can book a holiday in self-contained accommodation in Wales for dates from 11 July, two days ahead of what was previously announced.

Self-contained refers to accommodation without any shared facilities, so includes caravans and motorhomes if they have their own toilets.

No announcement has been made for holiday accommodation with shared facilities such as campsites.

However, hotels, B&Bs and hostels that can provide en-suite rooms and provide room service meals can open from 11 July.

The same goes for boats and some glamping accommodation with their own kitchens and bathrooms that no other guests use.

When can I have my hair cut or a beauty treatment?

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For all those people desperate for a cut, colour or to repair the damage done by doing it themselves, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Hairdressers and barbers have been closed throughout lockdown but First Minister Mark Drakeford has advised them to prepare to restart work on 13 July.

When they do reopen, they will be very different places to those you could simply walk into, chat to friends or browse magazines.

For a start, there will be strict hygiene rules in place, with hairdressers only be able to accept booked appointments.

What about schools?

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Schools have been welcoming back pupils in small groups since 29 June after being closed more than three months.

It is hoped all pupils will be able to “check in, catch up and prepare” before the end of term in July though classrooms look very different with strict social distancing measures and limited numbers in at a time.

However it remains unclear what will happen in September, the frustration of headteachers’ union NAHT Cymru.

It’s director Laura Doel said Welsh schools should not open in September if head teachers are not sure it is safe to do so.

Can I have work done on my house?

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Emergency plumbing is allowed if social distancing is maintained and tradesperson and householders are well.

Repair and maintenance work can be carried out in people’s homes, provided that the tradesperson is well, has no Covid-19 symptoms and ensures a two-metre distance is maintained.

The Welsh Government recommends no work should be carried out in a household which is isolated or where a vulnerable person is being shielded, unless an emergency repairs that could out people at risk.

What about places of worship?

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Llandaff Cathedral back open for private prayer

During lockdown mosques, synagogues and churches have been closed in Wales, and there have been limits on the number of people attending funerals.

However people are now able to go to places of worship for private prayer, as long as social distancing is maintained and gatherings do not take place.

Marriages or civil partnership services can also be held but only small, socially-distanced ceremonies are permitted and only in official register offices and places of worship.

What if I’m pregnant, have a medical condition or I’m over 70?

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Pregnant women have been told to take extra care to protect themselves

If you’re over 70, pregnant or have an underlying health condition, then you are advised to stay at home and “take extra care to protect yourself” for the foreseeable future.

There are 120,000 people in Wales in a so-called shielding group and Mr Drakeford said: “It is really important this group continues to follow the shielding advice.”

That however now includes advice on safe exercising outdoors from 1 June.

Can I buy or rent a new house?

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If you are looking to move house, you will be able to view unoccupied homes in Wales – but you must follow social distancing rules and keep your hands clean.

You cannot visit properties where other people are still living.

You can visit estate agents, sales offices or show rooms and visit a property to buy or rent, provided it has been unoccupied for at least 72 hours.

Can I visit my Welsh second home?

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People were told not to travel to second homes in order protect the smaller NHS hospitals in areas where most Welsh boltholes are situated.

However First Minister Mark Drakeford has said people will be able to “travel as far as they like for all purposes” as from 6 July, opening the door to visiting your second home.

Last updated 3 July 2020: This story has been updated since April with new information from the Welsh Government about the lockdown rules.

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