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Yorkshire news Wales tweaks lockdown rules but restrictions stay in place PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - There are changes around schools, exercise and weddings with hope for tourism and shops

Yorkshire news  Wales tweaks lockdown rules but restrictions stay in place PremierLeague-News.Com
19 February 2021 - 10:15

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Wales has tweaked its lockdown rules to allow more freedom, but says most restrictions will stay in place for at least another three weeks. The number of people allowed to exercise together in Wales will increase from two to four, First Minister Mark Drakeford has said. Mr Drakeford told BBC Radio Wales that people had to live in the same area and could only begin their exercise “from their own front doors” and return home, as stay-at-home rules still apply. “We know the mental health impact of having to remain at home, if four people can meet up for exercise we hope that’s a marginal easement,” Mr Drakeford said. “We’re going to allow the sports council to bring some more elite athletes back into training. “We’re going to allow licensed wedding venues other than register offices and faith settings, which can already carry out weddings, we’re going to allow other licensed settings to do that as well but on the same terms as register offices. “And we’re going to return again to one of the most challenging issues of the whole coronavirus crisis, care home visiting, to make sure that we are taking maximum advantage of all the things we can now put in place to allow more visits to take place provided that that can be done safely.” The Welsh Government will work with the tourism industry in Wales on some “limited reopening” around Easter, First Minister Mark Drakeford has said. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Mr Drakeford told BBC Breakfast: “I met our tourism taskforce in Wales yesterday, the people who work in the sector. “What we will work on with them is the possibility – and it is only that – of some limited reopening around Easter of self-contained accommodation only, places where people don’t mix with other people, where there aren’t shared facilities. “That is how we began the reopening of tourism in Wales last year, if we can bring that forward to Easter if conditions allow, I know that will be a huge relief to many many hundreds of thousands of families in Wales. “Six weeks is a very long time in the business of dealing with coronavirus so we will have to make that final assessment much closer to the time.” Some aspects of non-essential retail, as well as personal services such as hairdressing, could begin to reopen in Wales from March 15, First Minister Mark Drakeford has said. Mr Drakeford told BBC Breakfast: “I will set out today some discussions that we will have with non-essential retail over the next couple of weeks to see how we might begin the reopening of non-essential retail. Read More Related Articles Caravan holidays in Wales may be allowed by Easter Read More Related Articles Minister says England could have fourth lockdown “I don’t believe it will be a wholesale reopening, we are going to do things in the way that Sage and the WHO recommend – carefully, step-by-step, always assessing the impact of any actions that we take.

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. “But it will be, as I say, in that careful step-by-step way and always making sure that we are carefully monitoring the impact of any lifting of restrictions on the circulation of the virus.” All primary school children in Wales will return to face-to-face teaching from mid-March provided the coronavirus situation in the country “continues to improve”, First Minister Mark Drakeford has said. Mr Drakeford confirmed to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that children in the foundation phase of Welsh education – pupils aged between three and seven – would return to primary schools from Monday. “I’ll be saying today that on Monday March 15, provided things continue to improve, all primary school children will be back in face-to-face education and those students in secondary schools who are facing examinations, we aim to get them back in the classroom as well,” Mr Drakeford said. “And then we will carefully review as part of our deal with our teaching unions and local education authorities. We take a step, we collect the evidence, we decide what to do next.” Mr Drakeford said the Welsh Government would take a “careful and cautious step-by-step approach” to easing lockdown restrictions in Wales. Mr Drakeford said there were no plans to reopen gyms in Wales at present due to advice from scientists that the Kent variant of coronavirus made doing so “more challenging”. Mr Drakeford told the PA news agency: “The advice that I have seen from our scientific community is that the Kent variant, which is so much more transmissible, makes gyms a more challenging sector to reopen than before the Kent variant took hold. “So I’m afraid there isn’t a prospect that gyms and leisure centres and so on will open by the middle of March, and it may be some while after that before we can safely return to doing so, at least indoors and in the conventional way. “The gym sector did a great job last year and did a great deal in using outdoor spaces, conducting classes outdoors, providing facilities in the open air. “But gyms as we conventionally think of them, I’m afraid, are going to be more of a challenge to reopen this year than even last year.” The Welsh Government has confirmed that it will be looking at the restrictions around non-essential retail and close contact services as part of its next 21-day review which will end on Friday, March 12. It is also considering allowing all primary school pupils, as well as some older students in secondary school and college, back to face-to-face learning on Monday, March 15.

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