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Coronavirus: What happens at alert level four?

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An updated version of Wales’ covid control plan will be published next week, the First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced.

The plan sets out in detail how national measures will be introduced in a more uniform and predictable way, depending on a range of indicators, including the level of the virus in Wales and the risk of infection.

Wales is currently at alert level three. The national measures were strengthened on December 4 in response to rapidly accelerating levels of coronavirus across Wales.

What happens at alert level four?

Alert Level four (Very High Risk)

When at alert level four you must:

  • Follow social distancing rules with people outside of your household or  support bubble
  • Wear a face covering (if you are able to) in all indoor public places
  • Stay at home
  • Not create an extended household (excluding a support bubble with single adults living alone or single parents who may join with one other household)
  • Meet only your household or support bubble indoors
  • Meet only your household or support bubble in private gardens
  • Meet only your household or support bubble outdoors
  • Work from home wherever you can
  • Do not travel without a reasonable excuse
  • Do not travel abroad without a reasonable excuse

Places and activities that will be open when at alert level four are:

  • Schools, colleges and childcare providers (informal childcare should only be essential only)
  • Higher education institutions (Mix of in-person and remote learning)
  • Places of worship
  • Community facilities – limited opening (for example, for essential public services)
  • Crematoriums
  • Outdoor playgrounds and public parks
  • Weddings (for legal ceremony only; limit set by venue)

Places and activities that will be closed when at alert level four are:

  • Nightclubs and sexual entertainment venues
  • Venues for events and conferences
  • Ice skating rinks
  • Visitor attractions
  • Entertainment venues
  • Receptions/Wakes
  • Sport courts, skate parks, golf courses
  • Leisure and fitness facilities
  • Public facilities (click and collect only)
  • Holiday accommodation (open only if essential only, for example, for work or other reasons)
  • Hospitality premises (except for takeaway and delivery)
  • Close contact services
  • Non-essential retail (click and collect allowed)