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Lockdown restrictions set to ease across Wales

Written by on 12th March 2021

Wales’ First Minister is set to reveal changes to the lockdown restrictions across Wales in today’s announcement.

It has now been confirmed that primary schools will be open to all pupils on Monday.

Secondary school students in exam years (11 and 13) will also return to the classroom and schools will have the flexibility to bring year 10 and 12 learners back.

Mark Drakeford will give a more detailed timetable for easing restrictions, including around tourism, during his lunchtime press conference.

However, the Welsh Government has confirmed a number of changes to the rules.

Here’s what is changing, and when:

From Saturday 13 March:

  • “Stay at home” will become “stay local”
  • Four people from two different households can meet up outdoors to socialise, including in gardens – children are excluded from the number
  • Outdoor sports facilities such for golf, tennis and basketball will be able to reopen
  • Designated solo visitors can enter care homes

From Monday 15 March:

  • All primary school children and those in qualifications years can return to class
  • Schools will have flexibility to bring back year 10 and 12 learners back and more learners will return to colleges
  • Hairdressers and barbers can reopen – for appointments only

From Monday 22 March:

  • Gradual easing of non-essential shopping and non-essential aisles in supermarkets
  • Garden centres to reopen

From 12 April:

  • All shops will be able to open – the same date as in England.