COVID-19: Wales set to lift last remaining coronavirus restrictions | Political news

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The last remaining COVID restrictions should be lifted in Wales, the government has said.

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford will announce the update on Friday, with the restrictions due to be lifted from Monday May 30.

Wales moved to alert level 0 in January and the majority of measures were removed in March.

But there are still some left:

• Face coverings are legally required in health and care facilities (but nowhere else)

• Workplaces and premises open to the public should continue to conduct coronavirus work assessments

• If you have symptoms of COVID, you must take a lateral flow test

• If you test positive, you must self-isolate for at least five days.

These last remaining rules are set to be scrapped from Monday following the outcome of the latest review of the regulations every three weeks.

Wales is the latest British country to lift its COVID measures.

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Wales has been under restrictions for more than two years
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The Welsh Government will continue to recommend that people take simple steps to protect their health, including keeping up to date with COVID vaccinations and self-isolating if they have symptoms.

The COVID situation in Wales has continued to improve over the past three weeks.

The number of COVID-related hospital patients is gradually falling, but the government has said the NHS continues to come under pressure from the pandemic.

England removed its last COVID restrictions in the country in February and restrictions on international travel were lifted in March.

Scotland lifted its latest COVID restrictions in March while Northern Ireland removed all restrictions in February.

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