The Welsh Government announced the easing of COVID-19 restrictions that allows six people from six households to meet outdoors from April 24, 2021.
In its Alert Level 2 easing of COVID-19 restrictions, Wales allows six people from six households to gather outside, but children under 11 and carers from such families are excluded. Before the relaxation, up to six individuals from a maximum of two households were permitted to meet outside. The previous rule also not included under 11s or carers. According to First Minister Mark Drakeford, the decision was based on the fact that there is a lower chance of catching COVID-19 outside.
The government guidance encourages people to maintain social distance, including refraining from engaging in behaviors that could increase the risk of transmission outside such as, shouting to be heard over loud music or singing. The information also states that none of the relaxations applies to people advised to self-isolate by NHS Wales Test Trace Protect. If a person has been advised to self-isolate, they must not leave their home. Failure to self-isolate after being told to do so will result in a fixed penalty warning or felony charges, it states.
On April 26, outdoor attractions such as outdoor swimming pools and parks and outdoor hospitality such as cafes and restaurants were allowed to reopen.
Since January 26, 2021, Wales' COVID-19 case average has been the lowest of the U.K. nations. It now has a rate of 15.9 cases per 100,000. Just 1.7 percent of COVID-19 tests are now positive, the lowest level in Wales since September 3, 2020. The number of COVID-19 patients in critical care is in the single digits for the first time since early September 2020. In terms of people who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, Wales outperformed other U.K. nations, BBC reports.
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