It’s the day so many businesses and their customers have been waiting for. Non-essential retail has opened for the first time since before Christmas, seeing queues for the high street favourites across the nation. 

As well as the re-opening of all shops in Wales, other relaxations to the lockdown rules from today include:

• All school-age children returning to face-to-face education as well as all post-16 learners returning to further education.Training centres and university campuses will also be able to open for face to face learning.

• Viewings at wedding venues can resume by appointment, and outdoor canvassing for elections can begin.

• Travel restrictions on travelling in and out of Wales are lifted. However, restrictions on travel overseas countries without a reasonable excuse, remain in place.

• All remaining shops can reopen, and all close-contact services  can resume.

Despite the relaxation of the rules, public health chiefs in Wales are recommending caution, and urging that people maintain social distancing, mask wearing and good hand hygiene.


Dr Christopher Williams  at Public Health Wales, said: “As restrictions are eased we need your continued support to control the spread of Coronavirus.

“As schools return please do not send your child to school if they are unwell, even if you are not sure if they have Coronavirus.

“When you take your child to school, always keep your distance from other parents, wear a face covering, and don’t stay around and chat. Please don’t invite other children or their parents to your home to play or stay indoors, even if they are in the same bubble at school. We need to continue to limit the numbers of people we meet socially to minimise spread of the virus."

Public Health Wales are also asking people to continue to work from home "if at all possible."

“This slight easing of Coronavirus lockdown rules is encouraging, however while the number of cases is declining overall, we remind the general public that that Coronavirus has not gone away, and that there is still a large number of people who have not been vaccinated."

“Welsh Government restrictions state that you should not go into any other household or mix indoors with other people who you don’t live with. Currently a maximum of six people from two households can meet outdoors, including in private gardens.”

The next set of relaxations will include gyms and leisure centres opening from May 3 - instead of May 10.

Two households can 'bubble up' to meet indoors on May 3. Wedding receptions outdoors for up to 30 people will be allowed from April 26, also moving forward a week.