After almost two months of being in comparatively similar lockdowns, the nations of the UK are beginning the process of reopening.
As we saw last summer, this is a process fraught with difficulty. This time around Mark Drakeford will have to balance competing pressures, opposition party criticism, a need to keep the virus in retreat, new variants, a withdrawal of furlough, a Senedd election and a vaccination roll-out.
All of these issues interplay to present the Welsh Government with an incredibly difficult set of calculations over the coming months.
How much detail should they give on the reopening?
Last Friday the Welsh Government set out what it plans to reopen over the next two lockdown review periods which cover six weeks. It was fairly clear about what was happening in the next three weeks. Children aged 3-7 would go back to school initially, four people could meet outside and non-religious venues could host weddings. There was a commitment to review the rules on care home visits but no more detail than that.
At the next three-week review all primary children will go back to school as will year 11 and 13 (though this will be blended learning). After this things get a little hazy. The cabinet has committed to reviewing the