20 December 2020
The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 are in force from Sunday 20 December and revoke and replace the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 4) (Wales) Regulations 2020.
Part 1 provides that these Regulations come into force on 20 December 2020 (other than Part 6 which comes into force on 23 December 2020) and expire at the end of the day on 31 March 2021. It also provides that the Regulations must be reviewed regularly.
Part 2 imposes restrictions on people gathering, on people travelling and on the use of premises of specified businesses or services that are ordinarily open to the public. Part 2 puts 4 different levels of restrictions in place that can apply depending on the circumstances. Which level applies is based on what the Welsh Ministers consider to be the appropriate and proportionate response to the incidence and spread of coronavirus.
A number of the restrictions refer to the concept of an ‘extended household’. This enables more than one household to agree to come together for the purposes of the rules by forming a larger, extended household. In addition there are separate provisions that allow a single adult household (a person who lives alone or only with a child or adult they care for) to agree to come together for these purposes with another household. All restrictions are subject to exceptions listed in the Regulations.
** Wales is currently in Alert Level 4 **
When Alert Level 4 restrictions apply to an area:
there is an overarching requirement to stay at home if you live in the area and not to travel to the area if you live outside;
most premises ordinarily open to the public are required to be closed.
The restrictions on events are closely associated with the restrictions on gathering as people attending an event may also be gathering with others.
As an exception to this system, Schedule 6 makes specific provision modifying the restrictions relating to extended households for the 25th December 2020.
Part 3 imposes requirements on people who have tested positive for coronavirus and their close contacts
Part 4 makes provision for the purpose of minimising risk of exposure to coronavirus in premises open to the public and in workplaces.
Part 5 provides that face coverings must be worn on public transport, including taxis, and in certain indoor places, subject to listed exemptions and exceptions.
Part 6 provides for circumstances in which schools may be required to be open when they may otherwise be closed, to allow children of critical workers or children who are vulnerable to attend.
Part 7 relates to the enforcement of the restrictions and requirements.
Part 8 makes provision about offences and penalties.
Part 9 contains defined terms and revokes previous Regulations.
For details of the other Alert levels, please see our summary document.