17 May 2021
The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 are amended from 6am on 17 May 2021, to
move the whole of Wales from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2, meaning that the restrictions and requirements in Schedule 2 take effect;
change the rule on gathering with others anywhere other than in people’s homes or in holiday or travel accommodation, so that 6 people from different households can meet (rather than 4);
extend the Regulations to 27 August 2021;
disapply the restriction on leaving Wales to go to a destination outside the common travel area without a reasonable excuse;
relax the rules on service in cinemas, sports grounds and theatres so that customers only have to be seated when consuming food or drink (and not when ordering or being served);
clarify that an ‘organised activity’ is a ‘gathering’ by renaming it as a ‘regulated gathering’;
enable the Welsh Ministers to authorise events at which any number of people can attend and modify the requirements to take reasonable measures to minimise the spread of coronavirus that would otherwise apply in accordance with regulations 16, 17 and 17A;
clarify that the exception to the prohibition on large scale events that applies to the showing of a film, a theatrical performance, a market and a religious service only has effect where it takes place in premises ordinarily used for those purposes or outdoors.
Please see our coronavirus document for an overview of further legislation relating to the Coronavirus.