With the next stage of the roadmap out of lockdown about to commence, many people will now be starting to plan travel outside of their local area – and in particular the chance to journey to Wales.
There has been good news from the Welsh Government on the easing of their lockdown measures, which confirms that from Monday, April 12, travel will now be allowed into and out of Wales for residents of the British Isles.
While the rules banning international travel for holidays must remain in place until at least May 12, the new restrictions will mean for the first time in months people will be able to travel to Wales to enjoy the scenery and beaches and to stay overnight, but only if they are in self-contained accommodation with members of their own household.
Wedding show-arounds will also be permitted in Wales from April 12, and all remaining shops will be allowed to open.
But a number of restrictions will remain, which differ to England, around outdoor attractions and hospitality for at least another two weeks.
Outdoor attractions, including theme parks and funfairs, and outdoor hospitality will not be allowed to reopen until April 26 – which will be confirmed at a formal review by the Welsh government on April 22.
However, continuing falls in coronavirus infections across Wales mean that some of the planned lockdown restrictions will ease earlier than planned.
The opening date for organised outdoor activities and outdoor wedding receptions will be moved forward to Monday April 26 from May 3.
And, from Monday May 3, a week earlier than previously signalled, gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities will be able to reopen for individual or one-to-one training.
There is still no confirmed date for when indoor hospitality and hotels and B&Bs can reopen in Wales.
Can I stay overnight in Wales?
Self-contained holiday accommodation like cottages and caravans were allowed to reopen in Wales from March 27 – initially only for residents in Wales to book overnight stays away from home.
The changes from Monday April 12 mean that residents of the British Isles will now be allowed to stay overnight in Wales in self-contained accommodation – but only with members of their own household.
What will be open in Wales from Monday 12 April?
- Full return of children to schools for face-to-face education
- All remaining shops will reopen, completing the phased reopening of non-essential retail
- All remaining close contact services will open, including mobile services
- Travel restrictions on traveling into and out of Wales will be lifted. However, restrictions on travel to countries outside the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland, without a reasonable excuse, remain in place.
- Wedding ‘show-arounds’ by appointment are allowed
- Restrictions on political canvassing are removed, subject to canvassers doing so safely
What will be open in Wales from Monday 26 April (confirmed on 22 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 closed except for takeaways
- Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people can again take place (previously Monday 3 May)
- Weddings receptions can take place outdoors for up to 30 people (previously Monday 3 May)
What will be open in Wales from Monday 3 May (previously 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