People shielding from coronavirus in Wales allowed outdoors from Monday

People who have been shielding in Wales during the coronavirus crisis can now exercise outdoors and meet people from another household, as long as it takes place outdoors.

Around 130,000 people in Wales considered most at risk from coronavirus were asked not to leave the house at all until at least the middle of June.

On Friday, First Minister Mark Drakeford said he is "very aware" of the impact of isolation on those shielding, and promised they have "not been forgotten".

There are two changes in advice for people shielding from coronavirus in Wales which apply from Monday 1st June:

  • Outdoor exercise is unlimited, as long as individuals strictly follow social distancing rules and hygiene practices.

  • Those who are shielding can meet outside with people from another household – but should not go into another person’s house or share food with them.

There are no other changes being made to the advice for those who are shielding.

The advice is they should continue to follow all the other advice previously given - they should not go shopping or attend work outside of the home and they should continue to have food and medicine delivered to them.

The Health Minister Vaughan Gething said: "We recognise how challenging these last few months, with minimal face-to-face contact with others, has been."

All who are shielding will receive a letter from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales in the coming fortnight setting out the next steps.

Darren Millar MS, the Shadow Minister for Covid Recovery, said the changes are "good news for some."