Ben HaywardJune 18th
2020

As the UK’s coronavirus restrictions continue to loosen, Wales is now set to open its borders and allow travel from other parts of the UK from July 6th

The move was confirmed by Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford, and is the latest step Wales has taken to ease lockdown, after effectively closing the border with England earlier in the year.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Mr Drakeford said: "On Monday 6 July, provided the virus is still under control, we will lift our 'stay local' instruction here in Wales and at that point the tourism economy will reopen in Wales.

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"I've got to caveat it by saying we've got to be sure the virus is still under control at that point. Provided it is, the stay local restrictions will be abolished [on 6 July] and people inside Wales and from outside Wales will be able to travel.

"I'll be saying today to our tourism sector that they should use the next three weeks to prepare so that beyond that, self-contained accommodation will be able to reopen in Wales.

"People will be able to travel to holiday cottages or static caravans or hotels that are organised on a self-contained basis. And people will be able to take bookings in Wales on 13 July onwards.”

As it stands, the hospitality sector could reopen on 4 July, meaning that there will actually be places for people to stay if they plan a short break.

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The move comes as the UK’s coronavirus alert level was officially downgraded from 4 to 3, meaning the virus is now considered to be 'in general circulation' and there could be a 'gradual relaxation of restrictions’.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “The UK moving to a lower alert level is a big moment for the country, and a real testament to the British people’s determination to beat this virus.

“The government’s plan is working. Infection rates are rapidly falling, we have protected the NHS and, thanks to the hard work of millions in our health and social care services, we are getting the country back on her feet.”

However, there is yet to be an announcement on whether any of the hospitality sector can start thinking about reopening in England - although July 4th has been proposed in the past, there has been no government confirmation.

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