Garin Wilcock

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Welsh Government Lifts Its ‘Stay Local’ Policy

08 July 2020

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Dragon's Eye Pod. Photograph: Epic Retreats




Welsh First Minister, Mark Drakeford, has urged people to ‘visit Wales safely.’ The ‘stay local’ rule requesting people in Wales not to travel anywhere further than five miles away, was lifted on Monday, and outdoor tourist attractions have begun to reopen.

The tourism industry is an important industry for the Welsh economy and employs nearly 10% of the nation’s workforce. Tourists tend to seek outdoor attractions and natural beauty spots that in-turn assist Welsh businesses.

Although people can now travel more freely throughout Wales and visit outdoor areas, Mr. Drakeford has reminded people to act responsibly. 

During his address, the First Minister shared, ‘Coronavirus has not gone away and, while evidence shows the risk outdoors is lower, there is still a risk.’

Accompanying the announcement were regulations that have been put in place for the Welsh Countryside, including encouraging people to plan and check which facilities are open before their visiting and to obey social distancing measures.

The Chief Executive of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Tegryn Jones, added to the Minister’s announcement stating, “We want to encourage people to enjoy Wales’ natural landscape safely, responsibly and ultimately more sustainably.”

The First Minister, Mark Drakeford, has thanked the people for following government guidelines to help limit the spread of the coronavirus, and asked them “to continue in this spirit” as the tourism sector in Wales is intended to begin reopening from the 11 July, if conditions permit it.