Can I visit Wales? The final advice for travelers due to the lifting of the “ stay local ” rule

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Wales lifted the ‘local stay’ rule and residents can now travel anywhere in the country.

Self-contained housing was allowed to reopen to residents of Wales on March 27, allowing the national holidays. However, travel within and outside Wales is not permitted except under certain circumstances.

April 12 is the first date on which holidays in Wales will be allowed for people from other parts of the UK.

In Wales, up to six people from two different households can now meet outdoors and the outdoor spaces of some historic places and gardens have reopened.

In a statement, Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said: “Thanks to a real team effort across Wales, coronavirus cases remain stable. We have the leeway to continue our cautious approach and step by step to relax the restrictions.

“Staying local will be lifted, and for the next two weeks people living in Wales will be able to travel around Wales – this is to help keep the virus under control. We will keep this under review and if the Public health situation remains positive, travel in and out of Wales will resume on April 12. ”

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Independent breaks in Wales restarted ahead of those in England (where an April 12 restart is expected, as detailed in the UK government’s roadmap outside the lockdown).

This does not mean that English holidaymakers can cross the border to stay in Wales. “The rules in England will not allow this. The Prime Minister’s roadmap says that for the weeks after March 29, people should minimize travel, there will be no vacations and people will not be. allowed to stay away from their homes overnight. If it won’t be safe to spend the night in England, then obviously it wouldn’t be safe for people to travel to Wales, “said Mr Drakeford, who warned that the reopening of tourism would stop if vacation providers take bookings from people. In England.

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Here we answer key questions about traveling to Wales.

What are the foreclosure rules in Wales?

The following travel and tourism restrictions apply until April 2:

  • From March 22 – Non-essential retail will be allowed to reopen
  • ‘Stay local’ message ended on March 27: people allowed to travel across the country
  • Self-contained accommodation reopened on March 27
  • Outdoors, people are advised to wear a face mask in public places
  • All indoor and outdoor events are canceled and tourist attractions are closed
  • Home parties, events and gatherings are illegal
  • Hospitality, like bars and restaurants, remains closed

When will hospitality reopen in Wales?

Mr Drakeford said on March 28 that he hopes people can enjoy the outdoor hospitality by the end of next month.

“Meeting indoors, we know, is always more dangerous, it will probably be until May,” he told Andrew Marr on the TBEN.

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He said he would outline the lifting of coronavirus restrictions on April 1 for the entire month and through May, which he said should give businesses some certainty about the reopening.

Pubs and restaurants weren’t mentioned in the latest restriction announcement. Mr Drakeford said on March 12 that they also would not be included in the next two reviews.

“The industry has made it clear that it does not want to be left in the dark,” he said.

“This is why I have been clear with them that in the next six weeks our priorities will continue to be children and education, if it is possible to open a non-essential business, if there is a prospect of recovery, however modest, of tourism. industry. Hospitality, if we can achieve it successfully, their turn will come. “

He added that the hospitality industry has said it does not want a phased approach to reopening.

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