Coronavirus: Lifting of Wales' travel limits gets go-ahead

By on July 3, 2020

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People in Wales have been told to stay local – restrictions that have not been in place in England

Travel restrictions in Wales will end on Monday, First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed.

“Stay local” guidance, asking people to stay within five miles of home, will end, with no limits on travel, and outdoor attractions will able to open.

Two households will also be able to stay together indoors from Monday. It comes as the number of coronavirus cases continues to fall.

Mr Drakeford called for people to think “carefully about where we go and why”.

He said they would need to follow “golden rules” – such as hand washing and keeping two metres apart – if further restrictions were to be lifted.

Travel restrictions were introduced across the UK at the start of lockdown in March, although Wales kept its travel restrictions longer than the UK government did in England.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson abandoned the rule in May – the difference in policy led to warnings not to drive to Wales.

The Welsh government later changed the stay home rule to “stay local” – giving five miles as a guide.

“I want to do more to restore freedoms we have had to give up to us all,” Mr Drakeford told the daily Welsh Government press conference.

“I want to see more of the Welsh economy in recovery. But that will depend, not on the actions of the Welsh Government, but on the actions of us all as Welsh citizens.”

Mr Drakeford called for people to follow the “golden rules”:

  • Work from home whenever possible
  • Avoid unnecessary travel
  • Keep apart from other people – the 2-metre rule still applies in Wales
  • Wash your hands often
  • Meet people from one other household outdoors

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