Covid: What are the new rules for Wales?

image source Getty Images
Image caption,

The restriction from December 26 meant that groups of up to six people could meet in pubs and restaurants, and the licensed premises had to offer only table service.

Restrictions on people’s daily lives are easing in Wales as Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said Omicron’s cases were “declining”.

The nightclubs were closed and stricter hospitality and gathering measures were in place since December 26 in an effort to curb the rise in Omicron cases.

The Welsh government has now said that these restrictions can be “gradually eased”.

Mr Drakeford set out a plan for Wales to return to zero alert on 28 January – the lowest level of constraints – if the number of cases continues to fall.

When a mitigation plan is unveiled, what does change mean for people and businesses in Wales and what can you do and when?

What is the timetable for ending the Covid rules?

Prime Minister Mark Drakeford presented his plan to ease the restrictions by the end of January, but the measures will be gradually relaxed.

He said it would be a four-stage process depending on the number of cases that remained low, with the following schedule.

  • Friday, January 14: The number of people who can take part in the outdoor event will increase from 50 to 500
  • Friday, January 21: All limits for outdoor activities will be lifted, crowds of people will be able to return to sporting events, and outdoor hospitality will be able to function as it had before during the pandemic.
  • Friday, January 28: Wales switches to alert level zero. This means that nightclubs can reopen and rule six will be abolished in pubs and restaurants, although Covid cards will still be required for large events and cinemas, nightclubs and theaters.
  • Thursday 10 February: Wales returns to three-week review cycle as country on zero alert

What is alert level zero?

The lowest set of restrictions since the beginning of the pandemic, the last time we were on zero alert at Christmas.

Within it, most of the curbs of our daily lives are removed, all businesses can reopen, but people still have to wear face masks in many public places and the rules of self-isolation still apply.

When do I have to isolate myself?

From 22 December, fully vaccinated adults, children aged five to 18 and vaccine participants identified as having close contact with a positive Covid-19 case in Wales do not need to be isolated.

Instead, the Welsh government strongly encourages them to perform lateral flow tests for seven days as a precaution. Children under the age of five do not need to be isolated and are not required to undergo PCR or lateral flow tests.

From January 1, people with a positive test have to isolate for seven days – less than 10 days before.

Despite a five-day change in England, the Welsh government has said that anyone who enters Wales must comply with Welsh law.

image source Getty Images
Image caption,

On 26 December, the Welsh government introduced measures to protect customers and employees in companies

What about meeting people?

The Welsh government has urged people to take lateral flow tests before socializing, shopping or visiting and not going out if they are positive.

It is recommended, where possible, to meet outdoors and ensure that indoor meetings are well ventilated.

According to him, people should keep at least one day between social events.

Who can I see in a pub or restaurant?

From 26 December, groups of no more than six people can meet in pubs, cinemas and restaurants in Wales, with licensed facilities only offering table service and face masks and contact tracking data.

But according to the Welsh government, all this will change on January 28.

Rule six will be repealed, which means that people can go to a pub they like, they will be able to go to a bar for a drink and social distance will end.

image source Getty Images
Image caption,

The limit on the number of indoor and outdoor events was lifted on August 7 and remains the same

What are the rules for weddings and funerals?

On August 7, the limits on the number of indoor or outdoor events were lifted.

For important life events, such as weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and awakenings, the numbers will be determined by the place’s ability to cope with social distancing and other appropriate measures.

All guests will be required to undergo a side flow test.

Can I travel to and from Wales?

You can and international travel is allowed, although local rules and quarantine will apply.

What’s up with nightclubs?

The nightclubs have been closed since 26 December, but according to a four-phase plan, they will be able to open from 28 January, when Wales is due to move to alert level zero.

However, Covid passes will still be allowed for nightclubs, cinemas, theaters and other major events.

And what about sports and exercise?

image source Getty Images
Image caption,

If the number of cases remains low, sports fans will be able to return to the events

As of December 26, sports activities such as running groups could take place outdoors, but were limited to a maximum of 50.

Gyms, swimming pools, leisure centers, community centers and fitness facilities remained open, but the Welsh government said services face special measures “such as one-way systems and physical barriers”.

Indoor classes were also limited to 30 people.

Fans have also been effectively banned from all sporting events in Wales due to restrictions, including indoor and outdoor events and community sports.

According to the Welsh government’s plan, the number of people who can take part in the outdoor event will increase from 50 to 500 from 15 January.

On January 21, all outdoor activities will move to emergency level zero, with no limit on the number of people who can attend, and crowds of people will be able to return to sporting events.

image source Getty Images
Image caption,

Gyms, swimming pools, leisure centers, community centers and fitness facilities remain open

What are Covid’s rules in schools?

Pupils returned to the start of the new spring semester in January later than planned.

The Welsh government said the schools would be given two days at the beginning of the semester to schedule some lessons, classes or the whole school to be connected online.

There have been warnings that some classes may need to be moved online due to staff absences due to Covid.

image source Getty Images
Image caption,

Working from home is now the law in Wales again

How about going to work?

As of December 20, the rules have changed, which means that it is now allowed by law to work from home if you can.

The rules state that everyone must work from home “if reasonably practicable”, including voluntary or charitable work.

Employees caught violating the rule who do not have a reasonable excuse can be fined £ 60, with the fine increasing each time another offense is committed.

Entrepreneurs can be fined £ 1,000, with fines increasing to £ 10,000.

However, working from home will be abolished from 28 January, but the Welsh government has said it will continue to be important to work from home if you can

Can I visit nursing homes?

The current rules mean that it is up to each provider to determine who can visit when and when, which means that the rules vary from one Wales to another.

Can I go on holiday to the UK?

From 12 April, you can travel anywhere in the UK, subject to restrictions in other countries.

It also means that people from other parts of the UK can come here.

From May 17, it was possible to fully reopen all holiday accommodation.

More about this story

Related internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *