First Minister reveals when cross border travel in and out of Wales could be allowed

THE FIRST Minister has confirmed when cross border travel will be allowed into and out of Wales.

As the lockdown continues to be lifted gradually across Wales, the country’s leader has given a provisional date for when people could be allowed to cross the England-Wales border.

Since December, Wales followed the ‘stay at home’ guidance from Welsh Government and this was recently lifted to ‘stay local’.

Following an announcement late last night [March 25], the First Minister confirmed that the ‘stay local’ rule will be replaced by an interim all-Wales travel area, which will remain in place until April 12, subject to the public health situation.

As part of a social media post thread explaining Saturday’s new relaxations, the First Minster confirmed that after this date it may be possible to allow travel between Wales and the rest of the UK.

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He said: “Stay local will be lifted, and for the next two weeks people living in Wales can travel around Wales – this is to help keep the virus under control.

“We’ll keep this under review and if the public health situation remains positive, travel in and out of Wales will resume 12 April.”

As with all relaxations, this would largely depend on the rate of coronavirus in Wales continuing to fall.

The proposed date also lines up with plans outlined by Welsh Government for the reopening of non-essential retail and the resumption of close contact services.

This is how Wales plans to leave lockdown behind:

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