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Coronavirus – going out and meeting with people

This advice applies to Wales

The whole of Wales is in lockdown until the end of 8 November 2020. During the lockdown, places like bars, restaurants and some types of shop will be shut.

It’s against the law to leave your home or meet with people without a good reason.

If you've joined with other people in an extended household, you won't be able to meet with them during lockdown. In some cases you can join with 1 other household in a ‘temporary extended household’.

Check if you can leave your home

You should work from home if you can. You can go to work if it’s not reasonably possible to work from home – this includes if you work as a volunteer.

You can also leave your home for reasons including:

  • education or childcare
  • getting basic things like food, medicine and pet supplies – you can also buy other things at the same time
  • getting money or topping up a prepayment meter
  • getting or giving medical help
  • avoiding being harmed or helping someone in an emergency
  • to do something the law says you have to – for example going to court

You can also go outside to public spaces as often as you want for exercise – for example walking or cycling.

You should start and finish exercising at your home – you shouldn’t drive somewhere else to exercise. If you’ve got a disability you can drive somewhere to exercise, but you should stay in your local area.

You can get more information about the reasons you can leave your home on the Welsh government’s website.

Meeting with people

You’re also allowed to meet up with people in some situations. The government recommend you keep at least 2 metres away from people who aren’t in your household.

If you have children under 18 and you’re separated from their other parent, you can see your children as normal. 

You can meet with someone:

  • to care for them, for example if they need help to stay safe, wash or eat
  • if they’re lonely or struggling with the lockdown rules
  • in a hospital or care home – as long as visitors are allowed

You can go to a wedding or civil partnership at a registry office or place of worship. You can go to a funeral at a crematorium or place of worship. At the moment you can’t go to a reception or wake.

Check what happens if you break the rules

The police can tell you to go home or give you a £60 fine. The fine will go up if you break the rules again.

Joining with another household

You might be able to join with 1 other household and treat them like part of your household – this is called being in a ‘temporary extended household’.

You can only be in 1 temporary extended household and you can’t change the household you’re joined with.

You can only make a temporary extended household if either:

  • you live with no other adults
  • there’s only 1 adult in the other household

If you have children under 18

If you’re separated from your children’s other parent and your children see both of you, they can be part of 2 different temporary extended households.

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