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Nicola Bryan and Rhiannon Beacham

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    That's it from us for today.

    It has been a busy day for lockdown easing announcements in Wales.

    Here's a reminder of the main developments:

    • Pubs, restaurants and cafes can reopen indoors in Wales from Monday, providing there is social distancing.
    • Up to 30 people can meet outdoors from Monday, regardless of how many households they are from.
    • Children under 11 will not have to social distance from Monday.
    • Licensed wedding venues will be able to reopen from Monday, but receptions will need to be outdoors.
    • Indoor bowling alleys, auction houses and bingo halls can reopen from Monday.
    • Swimming pools, gyms and leisure centres can reopen from Monday 10 August
    • Indoor play areas, including soft play centres, can also reopen from 10 August.
    • More people may be able to meet indoors in Wales from Saturday 15 August if Covid-19 infection rates in Wales continue to fall.
    • First Minister Mark Drakeford said people from outside Wales are “welcome” into the country during the summer holidays.
    • He also said the pandemic would not be over by Christmas.
    • Four more people have died with coronavirus in Wales, according to Public Health Wales (PHW), bringing the number of people who have died with the virus to 1,560.
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  2. Use contactless payment plea

    Visitors to Ceredigion are being asked to use contactless payment in shops.

    The council shared a range of advice for people visiting the area, including reminding them to social distance and wash their hands regularly.

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  3. Remote GP consultations 'absolutely won’t be the default'

    Remote GP consultations "absolutely won’t be the default" after lockdown, the chairman of the British Medical Association Welsh council has said.

    Dr David Bailey, who is also a practising GP in Caerphilly, tweeted: "Some patients still will need to see their GP."

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  4. 'One in 10 Welsh adults don't want Covid-19 jab'

    One in 10 adults in Wales have said they would not want to be vaccinated against coronavirus if a jab became available.

    A survey from NHS Wales and Public Health Wales (PHW) said 83% of people would want to be protected against Covid-19 if a vaccine became available while 10% would not and 7% are unsure.

    Among those with children, 8% of parents polled wouldn't want their children to be vaccinated while 78% said they would allow their children to have a jab.

    There is currently no Covid-19 vaccine available, but PHW says Wales is playing an "important role in vaccine trials" in the UK.

    The survey, which polled 604 people, found nearly half - 44% of people - said they had come within one metre with at least three people from outside their household or extended household in the last seven days.

    “There is a huge amount of work under way to try and develop a vaccine against Covid-19," said Prof Karen Hughes, of Public Health Wales.

    "It is very positive to see that more than eight out of 10 people in Wales would want to be vaccinated if such a vaccine did become available."

    A vaccine
  5. BTP prepares for first weekend of mandatory face coverings

    British Transport Police Wales is reminding people using trains this weekend to wear face coverings.

    On Monday, three-layer face coverings became mandatory on all public transport in Wales - buses, trains, and taxis.

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  6. Face masks become law in England but what's the situation in Wales?

    Prime Minister Boris Johnnson says the rules on face coverings in England will be extended "to other indoor settings where you're likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet such as museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship".

    "We now recommend face coverings are worn in these settings and this will become enforceable in law from the 8 August," he says.

    However, this will not apply in Wales.

    On Monday, three-layer face coverings became mandatory on all public transport in Wales - buses, trains, and taxis.

    But First Minister Mark Drakeford has remained firm on face coverings for shopping or other activities - it is not happening in Wales.

    "The advice of the Welsh Government is that if places are crowded then face coverings are advisory. Where places are not crowded, it is a matter for the individual citizen to make that decision," he has said.

    Woman in face mask
  7. BreakingFour more coronavirus deaths in Wales

    Four more people have died with coronavirus in Wales, according to Public Health Wales (PHW).

    It means the number of people who have died with the virus has increased to 1,560.

    A further 26 new cases of Covid-19 were reported by PHW, meaning 17,258 people have now tested positive for the illness in Wales.

    According to PHW, 5,491 tests were carried out in the last day in both PHW and non-NHS laboratories.

  8. 'Make the most of the outdoors while you can'

    The front at Barry Island

    Part of the reason for relaxing lockdown restrictions in Wales is to allow people to make the most of the outdoors “while we can,” the first minister has said.

    Mark Drakeford said the situation would be assessed again in the autumn ahead of a period where coronavirus could “thrive”.

    Speaking at his weekly briefing, Mr Drakeford said: “The summer weeks are going through our fingers.

    "We still have the whole of August and with a bit of luck most of September in which people will be able to enjoy the outdoors.

    "Part of the reason for relaxing some of those restrictions today is to allow people to make more use of that time while we can.

    "We will then have to assess in the autumn, when we know we are heading into the time of year - the cold, the dark, the damp - all those conditions that coronavirus thrives in.

    "And it will then be incumbent on us all, when we aren't able to be outside as much, to behave inside in a way that mitigates the additional risks that we will all be facing"

  9. Lockdown easing possible because of public's 'willingness'

    It is only possible to ease lockdown restrictions in Wales because of the public's "willingness to stick with this difficult journey," Mr Drakeford says.

    He said it meant Wales was able to "go on reopening our economy and finding new opportunities for friends and families to meet, while those opportunities are being closed down in other parts of the United Kingdom".

    He rejected a suggestion that a substantial number of people were using the good weather as an excuse to ignore social distancing rules.

    He said: “It is perfectly possible to have quite a large number of people in a large park in Cardiff, for example, still observing social distancing.

    "So I don't think just the fact that there's a large number of people, means that people are not behaving in the right way.

    "But I'm very happy to repeat the message, that despite the fact that coronavirus continues to fall in Wales, none of that is a reason for people not to go on doing all the right things.”

  10. Wales is 'not immune' from Covid-19 flare-ups

    Coronavirus cases could rise again rapidly, First Minister Mark Drakeford warned.

    "This is a virus where we can go from a position, as we are in Wales today, where the virus is at its lowest ebb and still declining," he told his weekly briefing.

    "And in a very short number of weeks that position can be transformed, so nobody should think that we are immune from some of the difficulties others are experiencing.”

    He said the situation in the north-west of England would not lead to north and south Wales having different Covid-19 restrictions.

    “I don’t anticipate in a blanket way a different regime for the north of Wales and the south of Wales," Mr Drakeford.

    "If there are local flare ups we will mobilise our public health effort, our test, trace protect system to bear down on those outbreaks, as we have shown we can to successfully in Anglesey and in Merthyr Tydfil over recent weeks.”

  11. Future travel restrictions 'would be tageted'

    Travel restrictions could be reintroduced to control future flare-ups of the virus but "would be targeted to where we think they would be necessary", Mr Drakeford says.

    He said: “We continue to be willing, were the facts to justify it, to think about local lockdowns where there are flare ups with considerable community transmission.

    "And if we were to require local lockdowns in Wales, then 'stay local' might become part of the message...

    “So travel restrictions in that sense, are still part of the repertoire that we could draw on."

  12. 'Think carefully' as lockdown eases

    Mr Drakeford urged people in Wales to “think carefully” as lockdown restrictions are eased further.

    He said people should take advantage of the outdoors at this time of year but they should “abide by the rules”.

    He also said local authorities would be given stronger enforcement powers “to be able to take quick and decisive action” against businesses flouting the rules.

    “I am hugely impressed by the efforts I see individual businesses making to make sure that their premises are properly safe and secure as far as coronavirus is concerned," he said.

    “And we want to support those businesses that are doing the right thing - they're putting time, energy, money no doubt into making their premises safe for people to visit.

    “And one of the ways we can support those businesses, is to take more decisive action in that small minority of cases where it is clear that those things are not being done."

    He said he would "strengthen the enforcement powers of local authorities to be able to take quick and decisive action where we come across instances of people not being prepared to abide by the rules that we have agreed with that sector".

    He said the rules had been drawn up in consultation with people who represent businesses.

  13. Visitors from outside of Wales 'welcome'

    People from outside Wales are “welcome” into the country during the summer holidays, First Minister Mark Drakeford has said.

    That is despite advice from the Scottish Government for areas in the north west of England affected by changes to lockdown not to travel to Scotland - and vice versa.

    But the Welsh Government is not offering similar advice.

    “My advice to people who travel across our very permeable border, travelling into England and into Wales, is simply that if you come to Wales, please help us to keep Wales safe," Mr Drakeford told his weekly press conference.

    He called for visitors “to maintain the social distance, make sure you wash your hands, if you're using shared facilities do so carefully and consciously, because in that way we can go on keeping Wales safe and open for everybody to enjoy.”

    He said he had discussed the measures in the north west of England with the Prime Minister Boris Johnson this morning.

    He said England's move “by and large brings the position there into line with the position that we already have here in Wales”.

  14. English outbreaks made Wales 'pause for thought'

    New coronavirus restrictions in the northern England have given First Minister Mark Drakeford "pause for thought" before easing the rules further in Wales, he admitted today.

    Mr Drakeford is looking at how people can meet more of their family and friends indoors, possibly as soon as 15 August.

    At present, people can only form an extended or "bubble" household with one other household.

    But Mr Drakeford said evidence suggested increased indoor contact was risky as it could lead to more cases of the virus.

    “This is one of the most difficult areas from a public health perspective because as people have more contact with one another indoors, the risk of transmission increases,” he said.

    “More than half of the cases our contract tracers identified in July in north Wales were linked to household contacts.

    “Today, we have seen indoor meetings curtailed in Greater Manchester, east Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire following a spike in coronavirus cases there too.

    “All of this is bound to give us pause for thought.”

    He also stressed that action would be taken against the “small minority” of businesses or individuals who are breaking the rules.

    “Ignoring the guidance cannot be an option – we have legal powers, which allow us and others to take action if some people’s behaviour becomes a threat to other people’s health,” he said.

  15. 'Coronavirus will not be over by Christmas' warning

    First Minister Mark Drakeford has thanked the Welsh public for "everything you have done to reduce the spread of coronavirus" which has allowed him to ease lockdown restrictions in Wales.

    While UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has "put the brakes on" lockdown restrictions being eased in England, in Wales some restrictions are to be lifted on Monday.

    From Monday, pubs, restaurants and cafes in Wales can reopen indoors, up to 30 people can meet outdoors, children under 11 won't have to socially distance and licensed weddings can start again.

    "The virus is continuing to decline in Wales and we can once again, carefully and cautiously, go on lifting the lockdown," Mr Drakeford told his weekly briefing.

    "But coronavirus has not gone away. This pandemic will not be over by Christmas. That is why is so important that we all protecting one another from the virus."

    Mark Drakeford
  16. British Airways owner IAG says recovery will not be before 2023

    British Airways owner IAG has said it will take until at least 2023 for passenger levels to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

    IAG, which also owns Aer Lingus, posted a €4.2bn (£3.8bn) loss in the first half of the year as demand collapsed.

    Passenger numbers fell 98% in the April-to-June period, and the group is planning to cut jobs.

    IAG said it planned to raise €2.75bn, and had support for this from its main shareholder, Qatar Airways.

    However, shares in IAG, which also owns Spain's Iberia, fell 6% to 170p in early trading on Friday.

    BA employs about 45,000 staff and has more than half of these on furlough. It is planning to cut up to 12,000 jobs and is facing the threat of strike actionby staff whose jobs are under threat.

    BA planes
  17. Wales' first minister weekly briefing due to begin

    Wales' First Minister Mark Drakeford will begin his weekly press conference shortly.

    He has already announced pubs, restaurants and cafes can reopen indoors in Wales from Monday, up to 30 people can meet outdoors from Monday and children under 11 will not have to social distance from Monday.

    You can watch Mr Drakeford's briefing by clicking on the link at the top of this page or on BBC1 Wales until 13:00 BST and on BBC2 Wales from 13:00 BST

    Mark Drakeford
  18. Boris Johnson holds UK press briefing

    Boris Johnson is at the lectern for a press conference on coronavirus, joined by chief medical officer Chris Whitty.

    The UK prime minister has warned in recent days there are signs of a "second wave" of coronavirus cases in Europe.

    He is live on the BBC News website and on BBC1.

    Boris Johnson
  19. Protection orders considered after beach brawls

    Orders allowing alcohol to be confiscated and fines issued could be imposed by a Welsh council, following disorder on beaches and in parks.

    The Vale of Glamorgan council said it is considering the measures after incidents, including a mass brawl at Ogmore-by-Sea.

    It comes after police in other parts of Wales were forced to issue dispersal orders to combat anti-social behaviour.

    The latest measures in the Vale would affect six areas, including Ogmore.

    With warm weather and sunshine expected for much of Friday and Saturday, large crowds are expected to head for Welsh beaches.

    The Vale's deputy leader Lis Burnett said police estimated between 20,000 and 25,000 were on Barry Island on Thursday, with large crowds anticipated over the coming days.

    South Wales Police had to issue a dispersal order there last week after a series of disturbances in the town.

    "We want a suite of measures available to us that both we and the police working together can enforce, to make sure that we can clamp down on anti-social behaviour in mass gatherings," added Ms Burnett.

    Crowds on beach at Barry Island, Vale of Glamorgan
    Image caption: Warm weather means crowds have been flocking to places such as Barry Island
  20. 'UK leaders meet for first time in two months'

    Mark Hutchings

    BBC Wales parliamentary correspondent

    I’m told that the prime minister held a four-nation call with the first ministers this morning at his instigation. It’s the first such meeting since 28 May.

    It’s thought the UK government will put some lockdown easing for England scheduled for tomorrow on hold.

    Mark Drakeford and Boris Johnson