Gyms, swimming pools and children’s indoor play areas can reopen from today
Swimming pools, gyms and and leisure centres can re-open their doors to the public from today.
It will be the first time such facilities have been able to open fully since lockdown measures were introduced in March.
Children’s indoor play areas will also be able to open again as part of the latest changes to the coronavirus regulations in Wales.
However, areas such as ball pits, which cannot be easily cleaned, should remain closed.
First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “We continue to take a step-by-step approach to easing the lockdown, closely monitoring the impact of each change we make.
“As more parts of our society and economy reopen, it is vital we all keep in mind our personal responsibility to do the right thing and make sure we continue to protect ourselves and others from the virus.
“This means keeping a two metre distance from others, washing our hands often and wearing a facemask on public transport.
“These are simple steps to take that benefit us all. The rules we have in place are not optional, they are there to protect us all.
“They are essential if Wales is to avoid another lockdown.”
Welsh law requires measures to be taken to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus on these premises. This includes ensuring that people maintain a two metre distance where possible and taking other measures to avoid close interaction; this includes screens, face coverings and improving hygiene.
Information also has to be provided to customers and staff to help them understand what they need to do in order to stay safe on the premises.
The Welsh Government is also continuing to look at whether changes can be made to the rules to enable people to meet indoors with other people who aren’t part of their household or extended household from August 15.
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