Wales to allow six people to meet outdoors from Saturday

Six people will be able to meet outdoors in Wales from Saturday, the Welsh Government has confirmed.

Wales' First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed the plans
Wales' First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed the plans

Outdoor hospitality will also be allowed to reopen from Monday as cases of new Covid continue to fall, First Minister Mark Drakeford said.

The current rule provides for up to six people – not including children under 11 years of age or carers – from a maximum of two households to meet outdoors.

The new rules from Saturday will allow six people – not including children under 11 years of age or carers – to meet outdoors.

Mr Drakeford said: “The public health context in Wales remains favourable, with cases falling and our vaccination programme continues to go from strength to strength. Because meeting outdoors continues to be lower risk than meeting indoors, we are able to bring forward changes to allow any six people to meet outdoors.

“This will provide more opportunities for people, especially young people, to meet outdoors with their friends. This will undoubtedly have a significant positive impact on people’s wellbeing.

“I’m also pleased to confirm outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday.

“These changes will help the hospitality sector recover after a difficult twelve months.

“It is thanks to the continuing efforts of people across Wales we are able to introduce this change. Together, we will continue to keep Wales safe.”

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