09 November 2020
The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 4) (Wales) Regulations 2020 are in force from Monday 9 November 2020 and apply to the whole of Wales.
They impose requirements and restrictions on individuals in relation to gatherings, travel, those required to isolate and on certain businesses.
In relation to gatherings, without a reasonable excuse:
No persons may gather in a private dwelling (including gardens) apart from members of one household or extended household (bubble).
No more than 4 persons (not including children under 11 or carers) may gather in any place (other than a private dwelling, holiday or travel accommodation), unless they are members of the same household or – if outdoors - extended household (bubble). Persons meeting in holiday or travel accommodation must be members of the same household.
However, certain organised events involving 15 people indoors and 30 people outdoors, where no alcohol is consumed and all reasonable measures are taken to minimise the risk of the spread of coronavirus are permitted. Further prohibitions on gatherings include organising unlicensed music events.
No persons living outside Wales may enter or remain in Wales and no person living in Wales may leave without a reasonable excuse.
The reasonable excuses provided in relation to the above restrictions on gathering and travel include, where it is reasonably necessary and there is no practical alternative, to provide or receive emergency assistance, avoid illness, injury or other risk of harm, obtaining or providing medical assistance, accessing veterinary services, working or providing charitable services, providing childcare or care and assistance to a vulnerable person, access arrangement for children who do not live in same household as both parents, moving home, for educational services, meeting a legal obligation. There are further excuses and details listed for each excuse it is important to check the legislation.
There are restrictions for those who have tested positive for coronavirus and their close contacts, including persons who have been notified by a contract tracer; they must isolate and not leave or be outside the place where they are living unless an exception applies. These include to obtain basic necessities where not practical for delivery by a third party, seeking medical or veterinary assistance where urgently required, to fulfil a legal obligation and to attend a funeral of a family member of a close friend.
Further requirements enforce certain businesses to close (i.e. theatres, concert halls) and impose restrictions on others such as prohibiting the sale of alcohol after 10pm, with premises to be closed at 10:20pm and all reasonable measures to be taken to minimise the risk of the spread of coronavirus.
Please see our coronavirus document for an overview of further legislation relating to the Coronavirus.