With Covid rates in Wales falling since mid-July, the Government is expected to push ahead with relaxing restrictions on Saturday.

First Minister Mark Drakeford is expected to confirm the planned changes tomorrow, with them coming into effect on Saturday.

Here’s everything we know about what Wales will look like on Saturday.

When will things change?

From Saturday (August 7), Wales is expected to move into alert level zero, with an official announcement made tomorrow, as the latest three-week review period comes to an end.

It is understood that the Government’s cabinet is meeting everyday this week before a final decision is made later today.

Expect an announcement early tomorrow morning, while the First Minister is likely to hold a press conference at lunch time.

What should we expect from the new rules?

It is expected that there will no longer be a legal limit on the number of people who can meet indoors.

Meanwhile, all public premises, including nightclubs, will be able to open with the majority of restrictions removed.

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Masks will no longer be required to be worn in hospitality settings, but they will continue in most indoor public places such as shops and on public transport.

The legal requirement to follow social distancing guidelines should also be lifted.

It means that large scale events, such as sports matches and concerts will see the onus of responsibility shift to the venue and organisers, with each required to carry out risk assessments.

What about self-isolation?

Fully vaccinated adults in Wales who are close contacts of a positive Covid case will no longer have to self-isolate from Saturday.

That means more than two million people who have received both doses of a Covid vaccine will be exempt from the need to self-isolate.

The changes will apply to those who have had a second jab at least 14 days before they are identified as a close contact.

Under-18s will also be exempt if they are found to be a close contact of a positive case, which will be a welcome relief as schools return in September.

Self-isolation will still remain a tool in limiting the spread of the virus among people who have not been fully vaccinated.

What support remains for those who still have to isolate?

The Government has announced an uplift in the self-isolation support payment from £500 to £750.

People who test positive for Covid will be required to continue to self-isolate, and the payment has been extended to March 2022.

Ministers say they will review the payment in three months.

What next for the vaccination programme?

The Covid booster programme will be co-administered with the flu jab in the autumn.

Details have not yet been finalised, but Wales’ chief medical officer has warned there could be a co-circulation of flu and Covid in the winter.

It is understood that the booster programme will follow the same priority groups as the first vaccination programme.

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