First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced that non-essential retail shops can reopen their doors from Monday onwards.

The Welsh First Minister made the announcement this afternoon at the daily coronavirus briefing.

All shops will be allowed to reopen, but with strict rules in place, including a limit on the maximum number of people allowed in the store at any time.

Social distancing must also be followed at all times, both inside the store and while queuing up.

And shoppers must still follow the guidelines of staying within five miles of their home when going shopping.

It is unclear whether people who do not have any non-essential retail stores within five miles will be allowed to travel beyond this limit, as is the case currently with essential retail.

The First Minister also announced that with immediate effect, people can travel beyond the five-mile guidance so long as it is for “compassionate reasons”.

He explained that more guidance on this will be published.

Five mile rule to be fully dropped

The First Minister also announced that the five mile will be fully dropped in two weeks, on 6 July, as long as the virus is still under control.

“We have some headroom to make a packet of changes to restrictions in Wales which will come into place over the next three weeks,” Mr Drakefordsaid at the daily briefing.

“[We will introduce] a gradual orderly and careful process of lifting restrictions when it is safe to do so.

“We can accelerate that process, introducing one significant change on each Monday for the next three weeks.

“All non-essential retail can open [on this Monday] as long as they can keep to the two metre rule.

Compassionate reasons to travel

“People can travel beyond their local area when there are compassionate reasons to do so.

“Restriction on a wide range of outdoor activities will change on Monday too.

“Outdoor markets and sports halls will reopen, but not for contact or team sports.

“Childcare services will open on a phased basis to allow people to go back to work.

“Places of worship will be able to reopen for private prayer.

“On Monday we will begin to reopen the housing market in Wales.

“On the second week pupils will be able to return to school.

“Coronavirus is not over”

“And on the third Monday of this three week cycle, we will lift the restriction to stay local as long as the evidence supports this.

“The R-rate continues to be below one. The number of new confirmed cases has fallen steadily, and has been below 100 every day in June despite more tests being carried out.

“The number of deaths has been at the lowest since the lockdown began.

“Coronavirus is not over.”


  1. Re the five mile thing – It’s a rule, but advisory! It’s not ok to ‘bubble’ with other households (like rest of UK) but ok to mingle with strangers at non-essential retail outlets. Oh and while we’re all at it, travel on the already stretched public transport systems while refusing to make the wearing of face coverings mandatory (like rest of UK). I cannot believe the mixed messages we keep getting from First Minister and non-alignment with UK gov.


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