New rules on exercise in Wales will be coming into force on Saturday, February 20, amid a slight easing of lockdown restrictions.
It is a small but significant change as part of the latest review of restrictions and the First Minister has also held talks to look at the possibility of opening some forms of holiday accommodation by Easter
Wales will remain in coronavirus alert level four for the next three weeks, but the number of people who can meet outdoors for exercise has risen from two to four.
What are the new rules?
Previously outdoor exercise was limited to two people. From Saturday, 20th February this will be increased to four people. The four people will need to live in the same locality and can start and finish their exercise from their own front door.
There are no other changes to the Health Protection Regulations.
The four people need to still live in the same locality and can start and finish their exercise from their own front door.
“Our top priority will remain schools but the number of people who can meet up outside will increase from two to four.”
“The stay at home messages continue.”Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales
He added that more elite athletes will be allowed to go into training.
Mr Drakeford revealed he has also held talks with members of the tourism industry in Wales to look at the possibility of opening some forms of holiday accommodation by Easter.
He was very cautious, warning that a lot can happen in six weeks, but said that the Welsh Government was looking at the possibility of some “limited” re-opening of self-contained accommodation only. This year, Easter falls on the first weekend of April, with Good Friday on April 2.
“We are looking at opening places where people don’t mix with other people, where there aren’t shared facilities,” he explained to BBC Breakfast.
“That is how we began the re-opening of tourism in Wales last year. If we can bring that forward to Easter I know that will be some relief to many hundreds of thousands of families in Wales. Six weeks is a very long time, so we will have to make that final decision closer to the time.”