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Wales Freedom Day – update for the hospitality industry

06 August 2021 | Melissa Toney

Wales will move to alert level zero at 6am on 7 August (‘Wales Freedom Day’), following the latest review of the Covid regulations in Wales.

Alert level zero does not mean the end of restrictions and a free-for-all. But it does mean the opportunity to enjoy more freedoms with the confidence there are still important protections in place to make sure that public health is being safeguarded while we are out and about. 

What will change on ‘Wales Freedom Day’?

  • Face coverings will not be a legal requirement in hospitality settings where food and drink are served but will continue to be required in most indoor public places.
  • There will be no legal limits on the number of people who can meet, including in private homes, public places or at events.
  • Businesses which were required to be closed will be able to re-open. This includes nightclubs.
  • Premises which are open to the public and workplaces will have more flexibility about which reasonable measures they take to minimise the risk of Covid . But it is expected these will be tailored to their risk assessment and their specific circumstances.
  • The rules on isolation have also changed and from 7 August (from 00.01), adults who are fully vaccinated and children and young people under 18, will no longer need to isolate if they are identified as close contacts of someone who has Covid .

What is staying the same?

Some important protections will continue to stay in place. These include:

  • Everyone must continue to isolate for 10 days if they have Covid symptoms or if they have a positive test result.
  • Face coverings will continue to be required in most indoor public places in Wales, including on public transport, in shops and in healthcare settings. There will be exemptions for people who cannot wear them, as there are currently.
  • All those responsible for premises open to the public and workplaces must carry out a Covid risk assessment and continue to take reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to Covid .   

Specialist licensing and regulatory advice

If you any questions about how these changes may affect your business, please contact our licensing and regulatory team by calling 0117 906 9400 or email hello@gl.law

The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.

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