• all non-essential shops in Wales will be able to re-open
  • enabling private prayer in places of worship where social distancing is maintained and gatherings do not take place
  • restarting the housing market by enabling house viewings to take place in vacant properties and house moves where a sale has been agreed but not yet completed
  • lifting the restrictions on outdoor sports courts but social distancing must be maintained. No contact or team sports will be allowed
  • enabling non-professional elite athletes, including Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, to resume training

The requirement to stay local and not generally travelling more than 5 miles from home remains in place. However, new guidance will make it clear people are able to travel outside their local area on compassionate grounds. This includes seeing people at a care home or a youth offender institution – when these visits are allowed. People who are eligible to vote in overseas elections, where voting must be done in person, will also be able to travel.

Travel and tourism

Can I now go on holiday in Wales?

Preparations are underway to safely reopen the visitor economy, including self-contained accommodation and outdoor attractions. A decision will be taken about this at the next review of the regulations on 9 July.  You will not be able to take a holiday in Wales until any change to the law is made. If a change to the law is made it is likely to take effect on 13 July.

Can I book holiday accommodation?

You are able to make a forward booking for a stay that takes place after 13 July 2020. However this will only be able to be fulfilled if the anticipated change to the law is made. The Welsh Government will continue to monitor the public health position and there is a risk any booking made may be cancelled.  Please speak with your accommodation provider for information about their cancellation policy.

What kind of accommodation is being considered for re-opening?

Accommodation without shared facilities – this is accommodation, which is entirely self-contained with kitchens and bathrooms that no other guests use. This includes self-catering cottages and apartments and caravans with their own bathroom facilities. 

Hotels and other serviced accommodation, for example B&Bs and hostels, which have ensuite rooms and can provide room service meals, also come into this category.

About Eirlys Jones

Eirlys is the Commercial Director at North Wales Tourism and can be contacted at or connect with her on LinkedIn you can also follow her on Twitter @EirlysJones5