Wales Embraces Social Distancing
On June 5, 2021, WalesOnline reported that First Minister Mark Drakeford described how he believed people in Wales are very happy to continue following social distancing guidelines of 2m.
And social distancing will likely remain in Wales for the rest of 2021
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Mr. Drakeford described social distancing as the "strongest defense" against the virus, adding that he does not believe people in Wales want to see it gone.
The government of Wales published the updated rules that are effective on June 7, 2021. These rules include:
- Regulated events allowed outdoors with up to 10,000 people seated or up to 4,000 people standing (subject to risk assessment)
- Extended households can be formed between 3 households
- Up to 30 people can meet in any outdoor area, including private gardens, public spaces, and outdoor regulated premises such as cafes, restaurants, and bars.
In England, the social distancing rules were changed on May 17, 2021.
The new guidance from the UK government 'on meeting friends and family emphasizes personal responsibility rather than government rules. Instead of instructing you to stay 2m apart from anyone you don’t live with, you are encouraged to exercise caution and consider the guidance on risks associated with COVID-19 and actions you can take to help keep you and your loved ones safe.'