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First minister to reveal plans to ease level 2 restrictions in Wales

The full move to alert level 0 will be dependent on the public health situation continuing to improve

A plan to return Wales to alert level 0 measures will today (14 January) be set out by first minister Mark Drakeford.

The move comes as the latest public health data suggests cases of coronavirus have started to fall back from high levels. More than two-thirds of people aged 12 and over have received a booster or third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The full move to alert level 0 will be dependent on the public health situation continuing to improve.

From Friday 21 January Wales would move to alert level 0 for all outdoor activities, which would mean outdoor hospitality would be able to operate without additional reasonable measures.

If the downward trend continues, from Friday 28 January Wales would move to alert level 0 for all indoor activities. This would mean that Nightclubs will be able to re-open, and the rule of six, table service and 2m physical distancing no longer required in hospitality.

The covid pass will be required for entry to nightclubs, events, cinemas, concert halls and theatres.

Drakeford said: “I want to thank everyone for following the rules we have had in place since Boxing Day to help keep Wales safe while the fast-moving omicron variant has surged through our communities.

“I also want to thank everyone involved in our vaccination programme for the enormous efforts to give almost a third of the population a booster since the start of December – this has been vital in increasing our protection against omicron.”

The actions we have taken together have helped us to weather the omicron storm. The latest data suggests some positive signs that the peak may have passed.

He added: “We can now look more confidently to the future and plan to start gradually removing the alert level 2 restrictions, starting with the outdoors measures. But the pandemic is not over. We will closely monitor the public health situation – this is a fast-moving and volatile variant, which could change suddenly.

“I urge everyone to continue to follow the rules and have your vaccines to keep Wales safe.
If conditions allow, the alert level 2 restrictions will be removed in a phased approach.
From tomorrow, the number of people who can be present at outdoor events will rise from 50 to 500.”

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