Posted: Mon 28th Feb 2022

Legal requirement to wear face coverings in cinemas and theatres ends today in Wales

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Feb 28th, 2022

The legal requirement to wear a face covering in many indoor public places has today come to an end. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The change will mean people will no longer be legally required to wear face coverings in a range of indoor places, including cinemas, theatres, community centres, museums and gyms. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

But face coverings will continue to be a legal requirement for adults and children aged 11 and over, unless exempt, in all retail settings, on public transport and in health and care settings. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

First Minister Mark Drakeford said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We have worked hard to make sure the protections we have in place are proportionate to the public health situation and the risk of coronavirus. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Thanks to everyone’s hard work and all their sacrifices, cases of coronavirus are falling across Wales. Now is the right time to relax the general requirement to wear a face covering in many indoor public places.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“But we will keep the legal requirement in place in retail, public transport and health and social care, which are widely used and essential sectors.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“This is part of our cautious and careful response to the pandemic. We will continue to consider the latest scientific and medical evidence to inform our approach.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Later this week I will be setting our longer term plans to manage the pandemic, as we carry out the regular three-week review of the regulations.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

As schools today return from their half-term break, they will return to using their local decision framework, making decisions to reflect local risks. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Face coverings will no longer be routinely required in classrooms but they should continue to be worn in communal areas in secondary schools. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Today’s relaxations are the latest step in the changes the First Minister announced at the last three-week review of the coronavirus regulations. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Face coverings still remain a legal requirement in retail, public transport and health and social care. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The requirement applies to adults and children aged 11 and over. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The Welsh Government has said that if public health conditions continue to improve this legal requirement could be lifted by the end of March. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The outcome of the next review of regulations will be announced on 4 March, when all the remaining measures at alert level zero will be reviewed. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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