Up to 30 people will be able to meet outdoors and large outdoor activities will be able to welcome up to 10,000 spectators from Monday June 7.

First Minister Mark Drakeford is expected to announce Wales will move to alert level one on Friday (June 4).

Outdoor events like sports matches, festivals and concerts have been spectatorless in Wales since March last year, other than at a select number of pilot events.

The move to alert level one will be phased, with outdoor events opening first.

From Monday June 7:

  • Up to 30 people can meet outdoors, including in private gardens, outdoor hospitality and public places.
  • Larger outdoor organised gatherings and events, such as concerts, football matches and sporting activities, like organised running groups can go ahead for up to 4,000 people in non-seated venues and 10,000 people in seated venues.
  • Size of extended households can be increased to three.

Ministers will then review the public health situation again, ahead of June 21, to determine whether indoor events can restart.

Permitted indoor activities from June 21 may include:

  • A rule of six for meeting indoors in private homes and holiday accommodation.
  • Increased numbers for indoor organised gatherings and indoor events.
  • Opening ice skating rinks.

The government says the two-stage approach will enable more people to be vaccinated – and complete their two-dose course – amid growing concerns about the spread of the 'delta variant' of the virus across the UK.

There had been a suggestion that the government would stall its decision on further lifting of lockdown measures. 

The two phase approach appears to be a move to buy them time as they monitor the situation. 

Speaking ahead of the Welsh Government’s announcement, First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “I want to thank everyone in Wales for everything they have done to control the spread of coronavirus and keep rates low.

“The emergence of the delta variant shows the pandemic is not over yet and we all need to continue to take steps to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

“The risk of infection is significantly less outdoors than it is indoors. This is why we are phasing in the changes in this three-week cycle.

“This will allow more people to enjoy events outdoors and take advantage of the Welsh summer, while we continue to roll out the vaccination programme to all adults.

“We will review the public health situation again in a couple of weeks to see whether we can continue to relax the restrictions and restart indoor events.”

The seven-day Covid case rate remains very low in Wales, while there have been no recorded deaths for seven straight days.

Wales also has the best vaccination rates in the UK with more than 85 per cent of the population receiving one vaccine dose and 45 per cent having had a full course.

Despite this, there is a growing concern about the spread of the delta variant – formerly known as the ‘Indian variant’ - in parts of the UK, especially in the north west of England.

There are currently 97 cases of the variant in Wales, including a cluster of cases in Conwy.

Mark Drakeford will take questions from journalists at the Government's Covid update at 12:15 on Friday (June 4).

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