While pubs and restaurants have reopened to punters in England, the other three nations of the UK have held off on giving the go-ahead to the hospitality sector just yet. The Welsh Government’s roadmap out of lockdown differs from the other for nations, with a slightly slower reopening taking place.
Shoppers rushed back to the shops in Wales as non-essential retail opened after the winter lockdown.
Unruly barnets have also been brought under control, with close contact services like hairdressers and beauty salons allowed to reopen from Monday, April 12.
Travel restrictions have now been lifted in Wales, meaning residents can go on domestic holidays in self-contained accommodation sites only.
The travel restrictions between Wales and the rest of the United Kingdom have also been lifted, meaning travel between the two is now permitted.
Wales first minister Mark Drakeford said: “Thanks to a real team effort across Wales, coronavirus cases remain stable, and the vaccination programme continues apace.
“As a result, the Welsh government has the headroom to continue its careful, step-by-step approach to relaxing restrictions.
“The review we have concluded this week means we can continue with our programme of further reopening of the economy and loosening the restrictions in place.”
What else will reopen on April 26?
Organised outdoor activities, such as sports clubs and social events, will be able to reopen at the end of April, for up to 30 people.
Wedding receptions, again with a cap of 30 guests, will be able to take place outdoors from April 26.
Outdoor visitor attractions will also be allowed to open again, including theme parks and fun fairs.
Following April 26, the rules will change again on May 3 providing case numbers stay low.
From May 3, households will be able to meet indoors – but only in bubbles of two.
Gyms, leisure centres and other fitness facilities can also reopen – but fitness classes cannot go ahead.
More than half the people in Wales have now had their first Covid-19 vaccination dose, and Covid admissions to hospitals in Wales have hit record low levels.