Tourists from England will be permitted to travel to Wales and stay in “self-contained” accommodation such as cottages, stationary caravans and some hotels.
The country is officially opening its borders to the rest of Britain from July 6 for the first time since the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown.
Wales will officially open its borders to tourism from early July, meaning English holidaymakers will be able to enter the country and stay in a cottage, caravan or some hotels
“On Monday 6 July, provided the virus is still under control, we will lift our ‘stay local’ instruction here in Wales and at that point the tourism economy will reopen in Wales,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
People in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be able to go on holiday in Wales soon.
First Minister Mark Drakeford announced the exciting change on Friday morning.
“I’ll be saying today to our tourism sector that they should use the next three weeks to prepare so that beyond that, self-contained accommodation will be able to reopen in Wales.
“Provided it is, the stay local restrictions will be abolished [on July 6]and people inside Wales and from outside Wales will be able to travel.
“I’ve got to caveat it by saying we’ve got to be sure the virus is still under control at that point.
“People will be able to travel to holiday cottages or static caravans or hotels that are organised on a self-contained basis.
Yesterday First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon announced the country’s latest lockdown relaxations, which include allowing people to meet members of two other households outdoors.
The Welsh population has been told not to travel more than five miles from their homes to prevent the spread of Covid-19. However this rule will also be scrapped from July 6 as Wales looks to ease their lockdown measures.
“And people will be able to take bookings in Wales on July 13 onwards.”
Meanwhile the Republic of Ireland is lifting its own travel restrictions, and will permit journeys of up to 12 miles from June 20.
Scottish pubs and cafes remain closed for the time being.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is looking to form air bridges with other countries, but only those who have successfully controlled their own coronavirus outbreaks.