Wales will cancel ALL Covid curbs within two weeks after claiming to have overreacted to Omicron

What is alert level zero?

Wales moved to alert level zero on August 7 last year.

During this period, there were no limits to the number of people who could meet and all businesses could remain open.

Some rules were legally maintained, including companies and employers who performed specific coronavirus risk assessments, a 10-day isolation period for anyone who tested positive for Covid, and people aged 11 and over had to wear facials in some indoor environments – except for restaurants , pubs, cafes or nightclubs.

The self-insulation period has since been shortened to seven days in Wales.

It is not yet known whether zero emergency measures will be the same as in August.

The Welsh government will lift all Covid curbs within two weeks as part of plans to reopen clubs, end rule six in pubs and lift the 50-person limit for outdoor events.

Mark Drakeford will present a plan for Wales to move from second alert to zero by the end of January if the public health situation continues to improve.

Restrictions on outdoor activities will first be relaxed before being extended to other rules introduced on Boxing Day in stages.

According to current measures, a maximum of six people can meet in pubs, restaurants and cinemas, outdoor events are limited to 50 people and 30 indoors.

Restrictions also include wearing masks in all public places, the two-meter rule and the six-rule rule in catering establishments. Nightclubs were forced to close.

The prime minister will hold a press conference on Friday at 12:15, at which he will announce a two-week plan after reviewing the rules.

He said the move came amid a rapid decline in cases this morning, adding: “We seem to have crossed the summit of Omicron.”

Coronavirus infection rates in Wales have recently fallen to 1,492.4 per 100,000 people in seven days, the lowest level since 27 June.

The total number of people admitted to intensive care with the virus is also 20 percent of the number recorded for the same period in January last year.

This is followed by Andrew RT Davies, a Welsh Conservative leader, accusing the Welsh government of “overreacting” to the coronavirus variant.

In response to Mr Drakeford’s latest plan, Welsh conservatives said they were glad he had “finally heard calls” for the restrictions to be lifted.

Official figures by 5 January show that Covid cases per 100,000 people in England, Scotland and Wales are falling

Official figures by 5 January show that Covid cases per 100,000 people in England, Scotland and Wales are falling

Prime Minister Mark Drakeford (pictured December 22) will hold a press conference at noon on Friday to announce a two-week plan after a review of the rules.

Prime Minister Mark Drakeford (pictured December 22) will hold a press conference at noon on Friday to announce a two-week plan after a review of the rules.

What are the limitations of Covid in Scotland and Northern Ireland?

SCOTLAND

Large events are limited to 11 people standing inside, 200 people sitting inside and 500 people outside.

Allowing employees to work from home, where possible, has become a legal obligation for employers.

People aged 12 and over must wear face masks indoors, such as shops, restaurants and public transport. People should also wear veils in crowded outdoor areas.

Nicola Sturgeon said restrictions on outdoor events would be lifted next Monday.

She added that all measures, including the closure of nightclubs, could be lifted from 24 January.

NORTHERN IRELAND

Deputy Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill said the nightclubs would be closed from 6:00 on December 26.

Dancing will also be banned in hospitality areas, but this will not apply to weddings.

People must stay seated at the table, while the number of tables will be limited to six.

Prime Minister Paul Givan said Stormont’s executive could begin lifting some restrictions by next week.

Mr Drakeford told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “Because data and science tell us – as the models in Wales predicted – we seem to have crossed the summit of Omikron and on the other hand are descending very fast.

“This gives us the confidence that over the next two weeks, we will be able to gradually and cautiously increase the level of protection we needed during the Christmas season, because from a public health point of view, it will then be safe.”

Wales was previously criticized for imposing much tougher restrictions than England during the holiday season.

UKHospitality Cymru warned that hospitality businesses in Wales were already “beaten and bruised and at the end of their strength” by the collapse of customers, saying the rules would “only make matters worse”.

The leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Mr Davies, said:

“Unfortunately, Labor has left Wales as a remote area in the United Kingdom with the strictest restrictions on sports, outdoor activities and hospitality.”

Bur Drakeford denied that the measures had a huge cost to Welsh business and hospitality, instead blaming the impact of the Omicron wave.

He criticized England’s looser restrictions and said they had meant that “thousands and thousands” of people could not do their jobs because of the disease.

He said: ‘The government in England was paralyzed during this process and was simply unable to take decisions.

“In Wales, we have a government that is ready to do difficult things when they are necessary to protect public health.”

Relieving restrictions on outdoor activities could mean Six Nations Rugby matches to begin next month.

Pressure from sports organizations and fans grew, and many feared they would have to play abroad in England.

In a statement released last night, the Welsh government said: “Tomorrow’s prime minister will explain how Wales plans to move back to zero if the public health situation continues to improve.

“At his press conference, Mark Drakeford sets out a two-week plan to ease the restrictions on the second level of warning that has been in place since Boxing Day.

“The Welsh government is able to begin removing the protections introduced in response to the Omicron wave thanks to support from people across Wales and a successful empowerment campaign – more than 1.75 million people have received another reinforcement allowance.”

In Scotland, meanwhile, Nicola Sturgeon has said restrictions on outdoor events will be lifted next Monday.

She added that all measures, including the closure of nightclubs, could be lifted from 24 January.

And in Northern Ireland, Prime Minister Paul Givan said the Stormont executive could begin lifting some coronavirus restrictions by next week.

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