Coronavirus Regulations from 9 November
Following the end of the Wales-wide firebreak lockdown on Monday 9th November at 00:01, a new set of restrictions will be implemented across the whole of Wales. The new measures, which the First Minister set out on the 2nd November, are designed to protect people's health whilst also giving as much freedom as possible.
The First Minister said everyone in Wales has;
"an important part to play in helping to prevent the spread of coronavirus – and this means thinking carefully about the contact we all have with other people".
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Will there be another firebreak in the future?
One of the best ways to reduce the risk of further lockdowns is to follow the rules and restrictions that have been set out for after the 9 November that are designed to slow the spread of coronavirus.
The Welsh Government has stated that there are no immediate plans for another firebreak, however, they will continue reviewing the situation.
Who am I allowed to meet after 9 November?
People who are not members of your household are not allowed to enter your home, unless you have formed a extended household or 'bubble' with them.
This is with the exception of tradespeople who are allowed to undertake work in your home.
There are large criminal penalties for taking part in larger gatherings in private homes such as house parties.
What is an extended household?
Two households can join together to form an extended household, this means that you can spend time with them in your home or garden or their home and garden. This includes staying overnight. It allows you to meet them in groups of larger than four in outdoor spaces.
There is no geographical limit to this within Wales, although the government recommends that you form your extended household with a household that lives locally where possible as this will help prevent the spread of the virus.
Can I provide care and support to someone if I am not in an extended household with them?
You are allowed to provide care for or to help someone who needs it, such as an older person, a child or a vulnerable adult, even if they are not part of your extended household. This includes being in a private home with them if necessary. You can also visit someone on compassionate grounds if necessary. When considering whether there is a need to visit someone outside of your extended household, especially indoors, you should remember we all have a responsibility to recognise the risks the virus presents to ourselves, our families and friends and our wider communities.
Can I visit care homes?
Yes - visits to care homes are permitted, as are visits to hospices, young offender institutions and secure accommodation facilities for children.
Can I meet people outside of my extended household/bubble?
Yes - but you cannot meet them in a private home or garden if you are not part of their extended household. Only members of your household or extended household can meet in private gardens.
In addition to social distancing, the government has asked that people are conscious of and restrict how many different people you see i.e. it is better to see the same one or two people regularly than see lots of different people.
How many people can I meet outside of my household?
The absolute maximum number of people that do not all live together (not including children under 11) who can gather together is 4. The smaller the number of people who gather, the lower the risk. Once again, the Welsh Government has advised that you consider minimising the number of people you meet from outside your household to both mitigate the risk of contracting the virus yourself and also spreading it to others.
What are the rules about working from home?
People are still encouraged to work from home where possible, however, people who are not able to work from home are still able to go to work providing their workplace remains open.
Can I carry out maintenance, building or repair work in someone's home?
Work carried out in people’s homes, for example by tradespeople, can continue as long as it is managed in a safe way and both the worker and household members are well and have no symptoms of coronavirus.
How are cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars able to operate safely indoors?
Following the end of the firebreak lockdown on 9 November, hospitality premises are able to reopen. These premises will be required to be table service only and physical distancing measures applied. Contact details of customers will be needed for the purposes of track and trace.
Who can go to cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars?
Providing that you maintain physical distance between one another, you are allowed to go to these venues with members from outside our household as long as it does not exceed 4 people.
Are there limits on selling and buying alcohol?
Yes, it cannot be sold between 10pm and 6am.
Education and childcare
Are schools allowed to open?
Yes. The Welsh Government has said that from 9th November all schools will return to full operations using the operational guidance for schools as a framework to ensure they stay safe.
Am I allowed to travel into England to attend school college or university?
Yes. Education is one of the reasons for which people are permitted to travel from Wales into England, or from England into Wales. Teachers can also travel across the border to attend work.
Are childcare providers still allowed to operate?
Yes. Children can continue to access their usual childcare provider, and you can travel to provide, access or receive childcare. Children can also continue to attend staffed playwork provision, like open access play sessions.
I live in Wales, can I go on holiday in Wales or the rest of the UK?
Yes you are allowed to go on holiday in Wales if you live here, but not to enter Wales from elsewhere for that purpose.
Can I go on holiday abroad?
No. Travel abroad is only permitted for people with a reasonable excuse.
Can I go camping?
Yes. Campsites are able to open to Welsh residents. Parks are able to open their toilet, shower and laundry areas for campers.
What accommodation is open in Wales?
All accommodation in Wales is not open but measures must be in place to protect people from the virus.
Can I car share or give someone a lift?
It is best to avoid sharing a car with another person outside your household (or extended household if you have one) if possible. If you do share a car, please stay as far apart as possible within the car, wear a face covering and keep windows open.
Can I now have driving lessons and can I take my driving test?
Yes. DVSA has published guidance on what pupils and instructors should expect when they take theory and driving tests.
Close contact services
Will hairdressers, beauty salons and tattooists be allowed to reopen?
Yes, as long as they take all reasonable measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. When providing close contact services it is generally not possible to maintain physical distancing. As a result most service providers will need to wear some form of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as a face mask and/or visors.
Can spas open?
Yes, but some treatments will not be available and sauna and steam rooms will be closed.
Sport and outdoor activity
Which sport, leisure and recreation facilities are now open?
All are now able to open. Professional sports are likewise allowed to continue.
You are able to play sport or exercise in a group of up to 30 people outdoors or 15 people indoors if this is in a gym, leisure centre or sports club.
More detailed information on what you can and cannot do can be found on the Welsh Government website.