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ALERT LEVEL ZERO: Plans to lift all COVID restrictions in Wales on August 7

ALERT LEVEL ZERO: Plans to lift all COVID restrictions in Wales on August 7

 

Announcing an aim to lift remaining coronavirus restrictions in Wales from August 7 under a new alert level zero, First Minister Mark Drakeford warned there was still a risk the third wave “could cause real harm”.

He said: “We are entering a new phase of the pandemic. Cases of the virus have risen sharply since the delta variant emerged six weeks ago but, thanks to our fantastic vaccination programme, we are not seeing these translate into large numbers of people falling seriously ill or needing hospital treatment.

“We can be reasonably confident that vaccination has weakened the link between infections and serious illness.

“But there is still a risk that this third wave of the pandemic could cause real harm – either direct harm from the virus or indirect harm from, for example, people having to isolate.

“We can move to alert level one for indoor spaces from 17 July and go further for outdoor spaces because we know the risk of transmission outdoors is lower.

“We are also publishing plans for a new alert level zero, which will have fewer legal restrictions but which will still need all of us to take steps to protect ourselves.”

Alert level zero

Wales will move fully into alert level one from July 17, which had been paused four weeks ago due to the emergence of the delta variant and to allow more people to be vaccinated.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said there were plans to move to alert level zero – meaning nearly all restrictions are lifted – on August 7.

Alert level zero is set out in an updated Coronavirus Control Plan, published on Wednesday, meaning should the public health situation allows, Wales will move to this level on 7 August.

From July 17 up to six people can meet indoors in private homes and holiday accommodation, organised indoor events can take place for up to 1,000 people seated and up to 200 standing and ice rinks can reopen.


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