SOME coronavirus restrictions are set to be eased in Wales after two months of lockdown.
The number of Covid-19 cases in the country is now at its lowest level since September 2020, First Minister Mark Drakeford said.
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When will lockdown end in Wales?
Stay-at-home lockdown restrictions in Wales could end in mid-March, in about three weeks, Mr Drakeford has said.
He told BBC Radio Wales: "I hope that this will be the last three weeks of the strict, straight, stay-at-home requirement.
"So if in three weeks time the numbers are still falling, the positivity rate is falling, the R number is below one, hospital pressures continue to reduce, then I hope we'll be able to move beyond stay at home."
What are the current lockdown restrictions in Wales?
Lockdown restrictions in Wales have been slightly eased, with new measures coming into place on Saturday, February 20 – but the country will remain in coronavirus alert level four for the next three weeks.
The number of people allowed to exercise together will increase from two to four, Mr Drakeford said.
Some students are set to go back to school on Monday, February 22, with more going back to class by mid-March.
Other restrictions will still remain in place for three more weeks, but the First Minister has given an indication of what might change starting from March 15, 2021.
Mr Drakeford said Wales' potential reopening of the tourism industry around Easter would include bed & breakfasts and hotels with room service as long as the accommodation is self-contained.
Some non-essential shops as well as personal services such as hairdressing could begin to reopen from March 15.
However, Mr Drakeford said there are no plans to reopen gyms at the moment due to advice from scientists.
When will children in Wales go back to school?
All primary school children in Wales will return to face-to-face teaching from mid-March provided the coronavirus situation in the country "continues to improve", Mr Drakeford has said.
Mr Drakeford confirmed to BBC Radio 4's Today programme that children in the foundation phase of Welsh education – pupils aged between three and seven – would return to primary schools from Monday, February 22.
"On Monday, March 15, provided things continue to improve, all primary school children will be back in face-to-face education and those students in secondary schools who are facing examinations, we aim to get them back in the classroom as well," Mr Drakeford said.
When will lockdown end in England?
Boris Johnson has said the current lockdown restrictions in England will remain in place until at least March 8 – the target date for schools reopening.
The Government is set to publish a roadmap out of lockdown on Monday, February 22, with more details on any easing of restrictions.
The PM has repeatedly stressed that restrictions will be eased cautiously and has urged Brits to show patience in the months ahead.
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