WITH the Bank Holiday weekend upon us, many will want to take advantage of the returning freedoms we have in Wales.

As the nation sits on Alert Level Two, many restrictions have been lifted compared to the late winter and early spring – when many shops and businesses were forced to close their doors.

Now, as we are a whisker away from the summer months and enjoy the incredible weather on offer, many will want to spend their extra day away from the office doing something we’ve not been able to do for quite some time!

Here, we have a full list of the questions you may be asking about what is and isn’t an option to fill your Bank Holiday Monday:

What visitor attractions and entertainment venues can open?

Welsh Government have permitted that arts and entertainment venues - and the majority of indoor visitor attractions - are able to open, including:

  • Funfairs, amusement parks and theme parks
  • Swimming pools
  • Museums
  • Farm attractions
  • Zoos
  • Heritage sites
  • Historic monuments (such as castles)
  • Historic parks or gardens (such as those run by the National Trust)
  • Cinemas 
  • Bowling alleys
  • Indoor play centres
  • Trampoline parks and centres
  • Skate parks and centres (ice skating rinks must remain closed)
  • Indoor museums
  • Galleries
  • Bingo halls
  • Casinos
  • Amusement arcades
  • Theatres and concert halls

Are drive-in events allowed?

Drive-in events are permitted as long as all reasonable measures are taken to minimise the exposure to coronavirus.

How can entertainment venues and visitor attractions operate safely?

Those responsible are required to take all reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus.

For example:

  • Entry will be controlled
  • Physical distancing measures will be applied

It is a good idea to check in advance of a day out in case you may need to book a place as opposed to 'walk-ins'.

Please make the effort to find out relevant information about the need to book either online or by calling the venue you plan to visit in advance.

Who can I visit entertainment venues and outdoor visitor attractions with?

Households or up to six people from no more than six households (not including any children or carers from any of these households) are able to visit outdoor entertainment venues together.

Is there a restriction of the number of people who can go to the cinema or theatre at any one time?

You are able to go to watch a film or theatrical performance with your household or up to a maximum of six people from up to six households (not including children under 11 or carers from any of these households).

Food and drink can be ordered and served from a ticket or concession stand or from a dedicated food and drink outlet in the cinema or theatre, but you must be seated to consume it.

Businesses are required to take all reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to or spread of the virus, including social distancing.

Therefore, whilst there is not a maximum number of people permitted in these types of venues at any one time, the capacity limit will be less than the actual venue capacity due to any required adaptions as part of the reasonable measures, including the risk assessment.

What entertainment venues are closed?

Unfortunately, not every kind of attraction can be open this Bank Holiday.

Welsh Government ministers are still waiting to fix a date for the reopening of the following venues:

  • Ice skating rinks.
  • Nightclubs
  • Adult entertainment venues.