Welsh bookshops set to reopen in April as lockdown eases

Welsh bookshops set to reopen in April as lockdown eases

Bookshops in Wales are expected to reopen on 12th April, the same day shops reopen in England, as part of an easing of lockdown restrictions.

The Welsh government has outlined a phased approach, with more details expected at a lunchtime press conference today (12th March).

It will replace “stay at home” guidance with a “stay local” message and, from this weekend, up to four adults from two different households can meet in a private garden.

From Monday (15th March) primary school pupils and students doing qualifications will be able to return. Hairdressers and barbers can also reopen on the same date.

Other non-essential shops will be allowed to reopen on 12th April, provided coronavirus cases continue to fall. The Welsh government has announced it is making an extra £150m available to businesses hit by the restrictions.

The Welsh government said in a statement: “This step-by-step approach allows us to gradually open up Wales while keeping a close eye on the virus.”