Covid rules in Wales update: Big changes as country returns to Alert Level Zero

Almost all Wales’ Coronavirus restrictions have been lifted.

First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed that his plan to gradually loosen restrictions concluded at 6am on Friday (January 28). Stricter measures were brought in from Boxing Day over fears about the impact the Omicron variant could have.

Earlier in January, Mr Drakeford said there would be a four-part process to relaxing restrictions and his hope was that almost all would be lifted by January 28.

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He has now confirmed that from today (Friday, January 28):

  • Nightclubs can re-open
  • The 2m social distancing in all premises open to the public and workplaces has been removed
  • The rule of six will no longer apply to gatherings in regulated premises, such as hospitality, cinemas and theaters
  • Licensed premises will no longer need to only provide table service and collect contact details.
  • Working from home will remain important but it will no longer be a legal requirement
  • Businesses, employers and other organizations must continue to undertake a specific coronavirus risk assessment and take reasonable measures to minimize the spread of coronavirus, which may include 2m social distancing or controlled entry

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The Covid Pass will continue to be required to enter larger indoor events, nightclubs, cinemas, theaters and concert halls. People also still have to self-isolate, although new rules about that also come into force from January 28 which is that you only need to self-isolate for five full days, if you get a negative lateral flow result on day five and day six .

The latest infection rate based on PCR tests, for the seven days up to January 22, now stands at 508.7 cases for every 100,000 people – up on the 496.3 recorded on Wednesday. It is the fourth day in a row that the infection rate is reported to have risen. You can read all the latest figures here.

More than 1.8m booster doses have now been given in Wales.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “We have passed the peak of this Omicron wave and there are encouraging signs that cases of coronavirus may be starting to stabilize. But we all need to continue taking steps to stay safe – unfortunately the pandemic is not over yet .

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“We are moving to alert level zero and we will retain some important protections, such as face coverings in most indoor public places and risk assessments.

“We can do this thanks to the hard work and efforts of everyone in Wales and the remarkable success of our vaccine and booster programs. Thank you all.”

As part of the return to Alert Level 0, the self-isolation support scheme payment will return to the original rate of £ 500 for all those who are eligible.

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