Last reviewed 14 May 2021

First Minister Mark Drakeford has held a press conference where he confirmed that the country will move down to level 2 from Monday 17 May.

From Monday, the following is possible in Wales:

  • All businesses currently expected to reopen in England will also reopen in Wales, with similar restrictions. This includes indoor hospitality, with the rule of six in place.

  • Up to 30 people will be able to take part in organised indoor activities (including weddings and funerals), and 50 people outdoors.

  • International travel will also be permitted as with England and Scotland, under the same traffic light system. However, everyone returning from a “green” list country must pay for a test on their return. Also, the “test to release” scheme, through which individuals returning from an “amber” country in England can get a test to shorten their isolation period, will not be applied in Wales.

Looking ahead to the start of June, provided the data remains favourable, Wales will move into level 1 restrictions. While no specifics have been confirmed as of yet, it is expected that indoor hospitality will be expanded, increased numbers will be permitted at weddings and large events will be restarted.