Working towards a safe welcome back to Wales

Croeso Nôl. We've missed you. As we all prepare to explore again, Addo - let's make a promise together.

We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors back to Wales and are working with business owners to ensure the return of tourism is safe for staff, community and visitors alike.

Read more about how Wales is adapting to meet the 'Good to Go' tourism standard and ensure a safe return to tourism in Wales.

As lockdown restrictions are gradually relaxed, we all need to take steps to protect ourselves, our families and our communities if we are to successfully limit the spread of the disease. Contact tracing plays an important role in helping us resume day-to-day activities and is an important part of our Test, Trace, Protect strategywhich will help us live and work alongside the virus while research continues to find more effective treatments and a vaccine. Find out more about the Test, Trace, Protect process.

The NHS COVID-19 app is an important part of our Test Trace Protect programme to control the spread of Covid-19. The app will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify users if they come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus. Find out more about the NHS COVID-19 app and how it works.

Will attractions definitely be open?

Before travelling please check the attraction is open and ready to welcome you by checking their social media channels, website, or by calling or emailing them directly.

Can I make accommodation bookings and reservations?

Yes! Bookings can be made now for stays in Wales.

What are the restrictions in place in Wales?

There are 5 main restrictions in place in Wales from Thursday 24 September 2020:

  • people should not meet indoors in groups of more than six people who are not members of their household (or extended household), unless they have a good reason
  • people must not gather outdoors in groups of more than 30.
  • face coverings are mandatory in indoor public spaces (subject to certain exemptions and exceptions)
  • licensed premises must not sell alcohol after 10pm
  • local restrictions are in place in some parts of Wales.

For more detailed information refer to the Coronavirus regulations: Frequently asked questions.

Local lockdown restrictions in areas of Wales

Much of South Wales is now covered by local restrictions. Although the restrictions are the same in each local authority, it does not mean people from one local area under local restrictions can travel to another area under local restrictions without a reasonable excuse, such as travelling for work or education. Travel in and out of these areas is limited to essential travel only – unfortunately, this would not include travelling for a holiday.

There are no legal restrictions on people travelling to parts of Wales which are not under local restrictions, but we are asking people to think very carefully about making journeys. People should not travel if they are unwell with symptoms of Coronavirus and should check the latest information about the area they are planning to travel to.

The Welsh Government is continuing to keep a close watch on the situation in North Wales – cases overall are much lower than in South Wales, but there is evidence coronavirus is increasing in some parts of the region.

All local restriction measures will be kept under regular review. They will be enforced by local authorities and by the police.

Local restriction measures came into force in the following areas at 6pm on 28 September 2020.

Local restriction measures came into force in the following areas at 6pm on 27 September 2020.

Local restriction measures came into force in the following areas at 6pm on 26 September 2020.

Local restriction measures came into force in the following areas at 6pm on 22 September 2020.

Local restriction measures came into force in the following areas at 6pm on 17 September 2020.

Local restriction measures came into force in the following areas at 6pm on 8 September 2020.

Further information

Please refer to the following links for further information on specific areas relating to COVID-19:

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This symptom checker is suitable for anyone living in Wales and can be used for people of all ages.