Changes to COVID-19 restrictions have just been announced by the First Minister Mark Drakeford. The ‘stay at home’ restrictions have been moved to a ‘stay local’ rule for the next few weeks.
Tomorrow – March 13th
4 people from 2 households can meet outdoors to socialise, including gardens.
Solo visits to care homes.
Outdoor sports facilities (basketball, golf, tennis) can reopen.
Monday March 15th
All Primary school pupils and secondary school pupils with exams return.
Hairdressers and barbers reopen (appointment only)
Non essential retail will gradually reopen, non essential items become available in supermarkets.
Garden centres reopen.
All shops open
Welsh Government will review plans for gyms, leisure centres and outdoor hospitality.
These later changes are plans providing the public health outlook remains positive.
Current Case rates
Case rates in Wales continue to fall, today another 190 positive cases were identified. This means over the last 7 days, current infection rates stand at 41 cases per 100,000 people, and test positivity for the same period is 4.3%. ONS figures confirm that Wales has the lowest case rates in the UK.
Vaccinations Continue at Pace
Yesterday, Wales gave out the highest number of doses in a single day so far with 38,101 given out. As of today, 1,056,787 people have received a first dose, and now 237,357people are fully vaccinated with 2 doses. Vaccinations should continue quickly over the coming weeks and all JCVI priority groups will be vaccinated by mid-April.