The law says that nobody can be outside their home without a reasonable excuse.

What makes a reasonable excuse can vary depending on the exact situation. It is likely to be reasonable to be out in Wales to:

  • buy food, including alcohol and other luxuries
  • buy tools and supplies for home repairs or gardening
  • exercise near your home as much as you like, including walking, running, cycling and tending an allotment
  • get medical help and supplies, including for pets and to help someone else with their medical needs
  • escape an abusive or other dangerous situation at home
  • work, if you cannot work from home
  • take children to school or childcare, or take them between parents’ homes
  • move house, if you cannot delay your move
  • go to a recycling centre
  • visit a library
  • get money or collect a delivery
  • fulfil a legal obligation
  • access social, employment or victim support services
  • attend a funeral or visit a burial ground or remembrance garden

Outdoor gatherings

Public gatherings of more than two people who don’t live together are banned.

Exceptions include funerals, weddings where one of the partners is terminally ill, or people working together who cannot work from home.

Keep two metres apart from anyone you meet from outside your household.

From 1 June

From Monday 1 June you will be allowed to meet:

  • any number of people from one other household
  • outdoors, in public or in a private garden

Police powers and fines for breaking coronavirus rules


Shops selling food, drink, medicines and other supplies are allowed to stay open. Places like cafes, restaurants and pubs are only allowed to open for takeaway.

You must stay two metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times.

More information on business closures

Reporting a social distancing violation

Please make sure you understand what is and is not allowed before you get in touch with us. We particularly want you to tell us if you see things like:

  • a large gathering of people from different households, in the park or on the streets
  • a house party with people who don’t live at the house
  • people drinking together at a pub, bar, cafe or restaurant
  • a crowded shop where people are refusing to keep their distance from each other

You can tell us about a serious breach of the coronavirus rules online.