9 August 2021
With Nicola Sturgeon having made the announcement with regard to Scotland a few days ago (see Scotland set to lift most Covid restrictions), her opposite number in Wales confirmed that Wales moved to alert level zero from Saturday 7 August.
First Minister Mark Drakeford also followed Ms Sturgeon’s lead by urging everyone to continue to help prevent the spread of coronavirus by maintaining some restrictions.
Everyone must continue to isolate for 10 days if they have Covid-19 symptoms or if they have a positive test result, he said. In addition, face coverings will continue to be required in most indoor public places in Wales, including on public transport, in shops and in healthcare settings (with exemptions for people who cannot wear them).
Mr Drakeford also told all those responsible for premises open to the public and workplaces that they must carry out a Covid risk assessment and continue to take reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to the virus.
However, at the new alert level, all restrictions on meeting with others will be removed and all businesses are now able to open, he confirmed. This includes nightclubs.
“Alert level zero does not mean the end of restrictions and a free-for-all,” the First Minister said. “But it does mean we can all enjoy more freedoms with the confidence there are still important protections in place to make sure our public health is being safeguarded while we are out and about.”
Face coverings will not be a legal requirement in hospitality settings where food and drink is served, but will continue to be required in most indoor public places. Laws requiring companies and organisations to socially distance indoors will end.
Adults who are fully vaccinated and children and young people under 18, will no longer need to isolate if they are identified as close contacts of someone who has coronavirus.
“Even if you have been fully vaccinated,” Mr Drakeford concluded, “meeting outside is safer than inside; let fresh air into indoor spaces, get tested even for mild symptoms, and self-isolate when you are required to do so.”