Last reviewed 15 July 2021

In recent days we have seen announcements about the removal of Covid restrictions from England (see Emphasis on “personal responsibility” as restrictions ease) and Scotland (see First Minister calls for caution as Scotland set to move to Level 0).

Now Wales has set out its plan with most restrictions set to be removed next month.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “The Cabinet's intention is that Wales should move to alert level 0 on 7 August, provided the public health position in three weeks' time still allows us to do so. I emphasise today, as I always do, the importance of that proviso”.

Face coverings will continue to be a legal requirement on public transport, in health and care settings and in all indoor public places, with the exception of education settings and hospitality.

The aim of the Government will be gradually to ease these requirements as the risk of coronavirus decreases, the First Minister continued.

From 7 August, he made clear, people should continue to work from home wherever possible.

“Where a return to the workplace is necessary,” Mr Drakeford said, “we will continue to ensure that Covid risk assessments will be a legal requirement for businesses, employers and event organisers. It will be a legal requirement that these assessments are drawn up with the involvement of employees, and the mitigating measures set out in those risk assessments must be implemented.”

With the above provisos, all businesses and premises in Wales will be able to reopen, there will be no legal limits on the number of people who can meet others and people who are fully vaccinated will not need to self-isolate if they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive.