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Welsh hospitality venues can operate at full capacity on 7 August

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Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford set out the country’s updated Coronavirus Control Plan.

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford yesterday announced the country’s path to reducing Covid restrictions, including those on the hospitality industry.

After pausing the relaxations for a month due to the spread of the Delta variant, Wales will now move to alert level one on 17 July.

This means that organised indoor events can take place for up to 1,000 seated and up to 200 standing.

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But Drakeford set out that if the public health situation allows, Wales will move to level alert zero on 7 August.

This will see all limits on the numbers of people who can meet in public places or at events removed

All premises would be able to open and most restrictions, including social distancing, will be removed and replaced with the ongoing requirement for all organisations and businesses to carry out Covid risk assessments.

Face coverings will still be required by law in most public places, apart from hospitality settings, while pubs will no longer be obliged to provide table service.

However, Drakeford warned: “This is not a free-for-all. There will continue to be some important protections to help keep us all safe, especially those who are clinically vulnerable and who are perhaps the most anxious about an easing of restrictions.”

“We have the headroom to continue to gradually remove restrictions, but each and every one of us has a really important part to play to keep Wales safe as we head into the summer.”

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