William Eichler 26 March 2021

Welsh government starts to re-open tourism sector

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Wales’ tourism sector will be able to start re-opening from tomorrow as the stay-local rule is lifted, first minister Mark Drakeford has announced.

The rules will also be changed to enable organised outdoor activities and sports for children and under-18s to take place and up to six people from two different households to meet and exercise outdoors.

The relaxations continue the Welsh government’s planned, step-by-step approach to relaxing the coronavirus restrictions.

‘These further relaxations are part of our careful and phased approach to unlocking the restrictions and enabling people and businesses to resume their activities in the safest possible way,’ said Mr Drakeford.

‘We’re only able to do this because of the sacrifices everyone across Wales has made over the last few months – everything you are doing to keep your loved ones safe is also keeping Wales safe.

‘The public health position remains stable; our incredible vaccination programme goes from strength to strength – we have headroom to make these changes.’

Self-contained holiday accommodation, including hotels with en-suite facilities and room service, will be able to reopen to people from the same household or support bubble.

The stay local rule will be replaced by an interim all-Wales travel area, which will remain in place until April 12. For the next two weeks, only those with a reasonable excuse, such as work, will be able to travel into or out of Wales.

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