Residents living in England near the Welsh border are being reminded to continue to stay local and only cross into Wales for essential reasons.
Councils in bordering counties such as Cheshire and Shropshire have noted the decision of the Wales government to lift the ‘stay local’ rules for Welsh residents, who can now travel freely within the country, and to reopen self-contained tourist accommodation.
The changes only apply to residents living in Wales, however, which is why those living in nearby areas on the other side of the border are beefing reminded that different rules are in place in England.
Non-essential travel across the border with Wales is not allowed for residents in England and people should only be crossing between the two countries for essential reasons such as for work, education, health and essential shopping.
If the UK government feels the conditions are right to move onto the next stage in the roadmap out of lockdown, travel between England and Wales may be allowed from 12th April.
Ian Ashworth, director of public health at Cheshire West and Chester Council, commented on that residents had shown resilience over the last year and have stayed at home where possible.
He said: “It’s vital our residents stay local and protect each other from spreading Covid-19 further, especially if we are going to be able to stick to the national road map plans.”
Mr Ashworth added: “We believe businesses in Wales will only be taking bookings from people in Wales.”
Restrictions in England will be relaxed slightly from today (29th March) when the stay at home rule ends, allowing residents to gather in outdoor spaces in groups of six or two households.
Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, will also be allowed to reopen, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.
People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes.