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The Wales lockdown has finally ended and anyone in the country is now allowed to leave their home. So what does the culmination of the firebreak period mean for travel? “When the firebreak ends on November 9, there will be a new set of national measures, which will replace the previous restrictions,” the Welsh government has explained in its latest travel advice.
“As we promised, businesses which were required to close during the firebreak will be able to reopen, and we will remove the requirement to stay home and very tough restrictions on meeting people.”
The authority added: “However, we will all need to work hard to keep Wales safe by following some simple guidance to protect each other, manage pressure on the NHS and reduce the risk that further firebreaks are needed.”
The Welsh are being advised to limit the times they leave home and the distance they travel – although no concrete travel rules are in place.
“There are no travel restrictions in place within Wales,” detailed the government.
“However, we are asking everyone to think carefully about the journeys they take and the people they meet.
“We should all think carefully about where we go and who we meet because the more places we go and the more people we meet, the greater the chances there are of catching coronavirus.
“In particular it is also sensible to avoid travelling to and from areas with a higher incidence rate if you can.”
A maximum of four people can meet outdoors and in regulated settings such as cafes, pubs and restaurants.
The Welsh Government is to unveil a “restricted list of essential purposes” to allow people to travel between England and Wales this week, such as going to work.
First Minister Mark Drakeford has said “tourism will be able to reopen” in Wales.
As for travelling through Wales, the government clarified: “People who live outside Wales can still travel through Wales if they have a reasonable excuse to do so.
“This might include travelling along a road that passes through Wales (e.g. to travel from England to Ireland) where there is no other reasonable option to travel to their destination.
“This also applies to visitors travelling by public transport, for example changing trains at stations in Wales.
“However, any person who does not live in Wales will need to be aware of any restrictions in force where they are living.”
The absence of strict travel rules within Wales does not mean those in England can escape the current lockdown over the border, though.
English lockdown rules forbid anyone from leaving home for holidays or stays overnight away from your main home unless permitted by law.
“This means that holidays in the UK and abroad are not allowed,” stated the government.
“This includes staying in a second home or caravan, if you own one, or staying with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with.”
The advice continued: “If you were already on holiday, you should return to your home as soon as practical and comply with the ‘stay at home’ requirements in your holiday accommodation in the meantime.
“Guest accommodation providers such as hotels, B&Bs and caravan parks may remain open for the specific reasons set out in law, including where guests are unable to return to their main residence, use that guest accommodation as their main residence, need accommodation while moving house, are self-isolating as required by law, or would otherwise be made homeless as a result of the accommodation closing.”
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