In response to the rise in coronavirus cases in Wales, a tightening of the rules for social gatherings in Wales as well as mandatory face coverings is announced. From 14 September 2020, a maximum of six people can gather indoors at the same time (children under 11 years old not included). You must belong to the same exclusive household group or bubble. The rule of six does not apply to outdoor meetings in Wales. Social gatherings of more than six people are also banned in England from this date (indoors or outdoors). In Scotland, a maximum of six people from two households can gather indoors or outdoors. Also from 14 September, all Welsh residents over the age of 11 (except those exempt) will be required to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces such as shops. This does not currently apply to pubs and restaurants. The First Secretary of State for Wales confirms that swimming pools, indoor gyms, gyms and leisure centres can reopen from Monday 10 August, as well as indoor play areas for children. The Welsh Government says it is continuing to investigate whether changes can be made so that people can meet inside other people who are not part of their extended household.

It should be noted that, under certain circumstances, a third household may be able to join an expanded budget. Two households can gather indoors a week earlier than planned, with the Welsh government preferring to ease some coronavirus-related restrictions. Premier Mark Drakeford announces that the self-isolation support program will now be extended to low-income parents and caregivers with children who are self-isolating at school or daycare due to a coronavirus outbreak. It`s important to note that Covid-19 rules may change, but you can read the latest updates online. Starting Saturday, April 24, six people will be able to meet outside. A change from the current rule that six people from two households can meet outside. The First Minister of Wales announces a 17-day closure from Friday 23 October at 6pm to Monday 9 November 2020. People must stay at home, except for very limited purposes, and are not allowed to visit or meet people with whom they do not live. Some shops and venues, including bars, restaurants and most shops, will be closed. Primary schools and day-care centres remain open; High schools are only open to Grade 7 and 8 children and offer online learning for the other years of the week after halftime. Universities remain open and continue to offer a mix of face-to-face and online learning.

After the end of the round, the Welsh Government says a new set of national rules will be introduced. The Welsh Minister for Education announces that schools will reopen at all ages on 29 June 2020. The mandate will be extended by one week until July 27, 2020. The Welsh Government has released a document outlining its latest understanding of the coronavirus as it relates to children and education. Schools in England have been open since 1 June 2020. In Scotland and Northern Ireland, pupils will not return to school until August 2020, when the new school years begin. Large households are allowed again in Wales after restrictions were recently eased. More comprehensive guidance on expanded budgets is available on the Welsh Government`s website. Second, the rules state that “all persons in a house must belong to the same extended household.” Only two households can form an extended household, but there is no limit to the number of people. Up to four households can merge into one extended household and only one extended household can be formed. This includes two existing large households (consisting of two households) that merge to form an expanded budget of four households. British Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces that the holiday programme will be extended to the whole of the UK by the end of March 2021.

The scheme pays up to 80% of a person`s salary up to a maximum of £2,500 per month. The UK government will review the policy in January 2021. Welsh Finance Minister Rebecca Evans welcomes the extension, but calls on the chancellor to backdate support for Welsh businesses and workers for the entire 17-day ceasefire in Wales. The “stay local” requirement will be lifted from today, meaning people will be allowed to travel within and to Wales. “It also means that outdoor tourist attractions can be opened, and it will pave the way for the tourism sector to reopen from July 11 if conditions allow.” From this point on, people from two separate households can also join forces to form an exclusive and extended household. This easing of containment measures was confirmed by the Prime Minister in a statement dated 3 July 2020. Health and Welfare Minister Vaughan Gething announces restrictions will be introduced in Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport. As of 6 p.m. on September 22, the following restrictions apply: individuals cannot leave or enter municipal territory without reasonable excuse (e.g. for work or school); People will only be able to gather outdoors and not indoors with members of their extended household; and authorized premises must close at 11 p.m.

At the same time, these measures will also be extended to the district of Caerphilly. In Wales, England and Scotland, new rules come into force that allow statutory sick pay to be paid from the first day an employee is absent due to coronavirus. This includes those who are unable to work due to coronavirus symptoms and those who are in the household of someone with symptoms.