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COVID-19 update 77

Wales completes move to Alert Level 1 

On 14th July the First Minister published a written statement following the Welsh Government's most recent review of COVID-19 restrictions. This outlined the changes taking effect from 17th July:

  • Up to 6 people can meet indoors in private homes and holiday accommodation
  • Organised indoor events for up to 1,000 seated or 200 standing can take place, subject to a risk assessment and taking reasonable measures
  • Ice rinks can re-open
  • Remove the legal restrictions on the number of people who can gather outdoors
  • Allow up to 30 children from organisations, such as the Brownies and Scouts, to attend residential centres over the summer holidays

Updated guidance from 17th July  

The following Welsh Government guidance has been updated to reflect the latest changes to restrictions:

The following homelesness, housing and support guidance has also been updated:

All other homelessness and housing-related guidance can be found on the Welsh Government website here

Advice provided to Welsh Government  

The following advice was provided by the Chief Medical Officer for Wales and the Technical Advisory Cell/Group in advance of the decision to ease restrictions:

Coronavirus Control Plan: Alert Level Zero 

The Welsh Government has published a new policy document - Coronavirus Control Plan: Alert Level Zero. This references the intention to keep some measures in place at alert level zero. 

Planned changes for Saturday 7 August (if conditions allow)

On Saturday 7th August, the Welsh Government is planning to move to alert level zero. This is likely to include:

  • Legal limits and caps on the number of people who can meet, including in private homes, public places or at events will be removed.
  • COVID risk assessments will remain a legal requirement.
  • All businesses and premises can open, including nightclubs.
  • People should continue to work from home wherever possible.
  • Face coverings will remain a legal requirement in all indoors public places, with the exception of education settings and hospitality. 

COVID-19 workforce risk assessment tool

When Wales moves to Alert Level Zero, the Welsh Government will retain the legal requirement for a coronavirus-specific risk assessment to be carried out by businesses and other organisations. Each business or organisation will need to consider what measures are reasonable to put in place, which should include a combination of measures.

Businesses and other organisations will continue to need to provide information about the risks and measures taken on premises. In addition, there will be a specific obligation on employers to inform their employees of the risks identified in risk assessments and of the reasonable measures taken to minimise them. 

COVID-19 Vaccine update

On 13th July the Welsh Government published the latest information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Wales. The Minister for Health and Social Services also published a written statement about the progress made against the vaccination strategy. On 16th July the Welsh Government announced that three quarters of people in Wales have now had both doses of the coronavirus vaccine. 

COVID-19 vaccinations: guidance for employers

The Welsh Government has published new guidance to help employers in Wales deal with the implications of COVID-19 vaccinations on their workforce. 


The Welsh Government has updated its guidance about the NHS COVID Pass, which people can use to show their vaccination status for travel.

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