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BORDER CONTROL Can I travel to Wales from England now?

WALES has come out of their firebreak lockdown, with shops reopening and limited groups able to meet up again.

Here is what you need to know about the lockdown and whether you can now visit.

What was the Wales lockdown?

The 17-day firebreak lockdown, which ended today, was a shorter, full shutdown, compared to in England.

This meant all pubs, restaurants, hotels and non-essential shops were forced to close.

People were also told to stay at home, and not visit anyone outside of their house.

From today, the firebreak has ended, meaning travelling around Wales can happen again, and two households can meet up if they form a bubble.

Groups of four people from different households can meet indoors or outdoors in public places while abiding by social distancing rules.

Holidays can go ahead again, but only domestically – international holidays are still advised again.

Can I now travel there from England?

People in England are still in a lockdown until December 2.

This means no travelling, which includes going to Wales.

The Welsh government’s new restrictions include a continued ban of travel to and from England.

Some cafes and bars near the border of Wales have expressed concern of people sneaking across.

Matt McHale, who runs a sandwich shop in Wrexham just five miles from England, told the Guardian it was “bound to happen”.

One bar owner said they would be asking people for ID and would turn them away if they are not allowed in Wales.

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When will I be able to travel there?

If the England lockdown ends on December 2, holidays to Wales may be able to restart.

However, this depends on the number of cases still in England, and some regions may still be too high risk to visit.

Tier 3 regions, which included Liverpool and Nottinghamshire before the lockdown, may still be prevented from visiting.

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