Made at 11.40 a.m. on 16 October 2020

Laid before Senedd Cymru at 1.00 p.m. on 16 October 2020

Coming into force at 6.00 p.m. on 16 October 2020

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

Part 2A of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 enables the Welsh Ministers, by regulations, to make provision for the purpose of preventing, protecting against, controlling or providing a public health response to the incidence or spread of infection or contamination in Wales.

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.

These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 2) (Wales) Regulations 2020 (“the principal Regulations”). The amendments—

(a)impose restrictions on persons travelling to Wales from parts of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland which have higher rates of prevalence of coronavirus, and corresponding restrictions on people travelling from Wales to such areas (this is done by reference to the parts of Wales that are not designated as local health protection areas due to the restrictions that are already in place on entering or leaving these areas);

(b)provide that it is a reasonable excuse to enter or leave a local health protection area to participate in or facilitate organised activities for the development or well-being of children, and modifies the reasonable excuses for gathering and for entering or leaving a local health protection area so that they are consistent;

(c)make other minor and consequential provisions.

The Welsh Ministers’ Code of Practice on the carrying out of Regulatory Impact Assessments was considered in relation to these Regulations. As a result, a regulatory impact assessment has not been prepared as to the likely cost and benefit of complying with these Regulations.

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