Indoor hospitality and outdoor wedding venues re-open as lockdown eased

Indoor hospitality and outdoor wedding venues re-open as lockdown measures are eased across Wales.

On Friday, the First Minister confirmed that groups of up to 30 people from different households can meet outside from Monday, as long as they socially distance.

In Mark Drakeford's sixth review into rules designed to contain coronavirus, he also said that children under the age of 11 do not need to socially distance at all anymore.

He also outlined planned changes to lockdown rules for the next three weeks in a press briefing on Friday 31.

Pubs, restaurants and cafes are set to reopen indoors from August 3. Credit: PA Images

Pubs and restaurants

Indoor hospitality such as pubs, restaurants and cafes will open indoors. They have been able to open outdoors since the 13th July.

Outdoor wedding venues

Licensed wedding venues will be able to re-open to provide ceremonies, but indoor reception parties will not be able to resume just yet.

Larger groups of up to 30 will be allowed to meet outside in Wales Credit: PA

Up to 30 people can meet outdoors

Up to 30 people will be able to meet outside at a social distance, regardless of how many households they are from.

Children under 11 will not have to socially distance

Children under 11 will no longer have to maintain a 2m distance from each other or from adults. This is because scientific evidence shows the risk of transmission is lower among this age group. It will mean young children can meet their friends to play outdoors or give their grandparents a hug.

Credit: Welsh Government

Mark Drakeford said that while rates of coronavirus in Wales remain low, restrictions will be relaxed further and more businesses can reopen.

However the First Minister said they are monitoring the situation in Wrexham, where there has been a recent surge of coronavirus cases. He added that local lockdowns would be considered in areas of Wales where there were spikes in coronavirus.

"If that situation changes then of course we will take action in response to it.