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First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford announces easing of lockdown rules

The First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford has outlined the latest measures in the easing of lockdown.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain, Mr Drakeford told Ben Shephard and Ranvir Singh that from Monday 1 June, two households will be allowed to "get together in the open air provided they remain at a two metre distance from one another."

"People in Wales have been fantastic in sticking to the rules. The one thing they miss the most is that human contact with people who are close to them, mean a lot to them and the change in rules in Wales will allow two households outside and two metres distance to get together again," he said.

Asked to clarify the rules about whether the number of people applies to individuals or households, Mr Drakeford said: "We're not putting a restriction on the number of people from a household.

"That household must stay together. It must be at two metres distance from any other household and there's no number that caps that. People will be allowed to meet in gardens, but I do really want to be clear, this is permission for people to do it, it's not an invitation. The safest thing remains to see as few people as you can and to stay as locally as you can," he said.

Referring to the difference in rules about how far people are allowed to travel during the coronavirus pandemic in England and in Wales, the first minister explained why it was important for people in Wales to stay within five miles of where they live.

"We do not want this virus travelling from one community to another. We have parts of Wales where there has been very little coronavirus and the last thing we want is for people to be travelling to those areas and taking the virus with them. You know that you can be symptomatic, you can be infectious to other people even when you don't feel any symptoms yourself so you may feel you are perfectly well but actually you're spreading the virus as you go," he said.

"It's a sacrifice for those people whose family live further than five miles away. I understand that and we'll review this again in three weeks time but for now, stay local and keep well and safe. Those are the messages we're giving people in Wales," he added.

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