Important update on Welsh Government legislation

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Published : 25 Mar 2020 Last update : 27 Mar 2020

The Welsh Ministers make the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 45C(1) and (3)(c), 45F(2) and 45P of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984(1).

The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020
Made 26 March 2020 
Coming into force at 4.00 p.m. on 26 March 2020 

These Regulations are made in response to the serious and imminent threat to public health which is posed by the incidence and spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in Wales. 

The Regulations replace the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (Wales) Regulations 2020 and the Health Protection (Coronavirus: Closure of Leisure Businesses, Footpaths and Access Land) (Wales) Regulations 2020, which are revoked by regulation 2, and make further provision.

Regulation 9 imposes a requirement on local authorities, National Park authorities, Natural Resources Wales and the National Trust to close certain public paths and land accessible by the public. There is no requirement on the Welsh Ministers to review these provisions but the bodies on whom the duty to close footpaths and land is imposed must keep the need for any closure under consideration.

This applies to the public paths and access land in its area a relevant authority considers:

(a) to be liable to large numbers of people congregating or being in close proximity to each other, or 

(b) the use of which otherwise poses a high risk to the incidence or spread of infection in its area with the coronavirus. 

Some footpaths on and around National Trust land will be affected by closures. A list of the public footpaths that are temporarily closed can be found here.

You can read more about the legislation here.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020 (PDF / 0.23046875MB) download