Wales will follow Scotland and keep mask-wearing laws in place after almost all other lockdown rules are scrapped, it was confirmed today.
First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed it would remain mandatory to wear a face covering on public transport and in most indoor settings after the country moves to Level 0 next month.
His remarks will heap pressure on Boris Johnson, who has made the wearing of masks discretionary in England from Monday.
Nicola Sturgeon confirmed masks would stay in Scotland yesterday as she accused the PM of acting to avoid a clash with his lockdown-sceptic backbenchers.
London mayor Sadiq Khan has also moved to keep them compulsory on public transport in the capital.
Mr Drakeford said today that Wales will move fully into alert Level 1 from July 17 – following a four-week pause due to the rise of the Delta variant. If infection rates then remain stable and even more people are vaccinated, Wales will move to Level 0 on August 7.
‘The virus is still with us and we know many people are still anxious about going out and about,’ Mr Drakeford said.
‘Social distancing requirements and mask rules will remain indoors from 17 July. But we will gradually ease masks as the public health risk decreases.’
From July 17, up to six people can meet indoors in private homes and holiday accommodation, organised indoor events can take place for up to 1,000 people seated and up to 200 standing, and ice rinks can reopen.
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