First Minister confirms indoor care home visits can begin end of August

FIRST Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed that indoor visits to care homes will be allowed in Wales from Saturday 29 August, subject to the strict controls set out in the guidance and conditions remaining favourable,

Mr Drakeford confirmed that up to four households will be able to join together in an “exclusive extended arrangement” from this weekend.

Weddings and funerals will also be able to include a meal for up to 30 people, in suitably socially distant settings.

He also revealed plans to allow an outdoor arts event in north Wales and a “couple of sporting events” in the north and south with up to 100 people.

The First Minister said that although things ”continue to improve in Wales” he added;

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”we cannot think that we are immune from everything elsewhere. So while things remain benign in Wales, I want us to go on being careful, being cautious, doing things one step at a time so that we can try and sustain our positive position for as long as we can,” he said.

He emphasised:

“While coronavirus remains effectively suppressed in Wales and cases continue to fall, the situation in the rest of the UK and further afield is still problematic. Coronavirus has not gone away and so, as we move out of lockdown and look to the future, it is important we do this in a careful and cautious way.”

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