Wales will continue its roadmap to return to coronavirus alert level zero later this month, the Prime Minister has confirmed.
Marc Drakeford said the country had “passed the Omicron peak” and can continue to lift restrictions as part of its “cautious and phased plan”.
The latest data shows COVID-19[female[feminine cases are falling back to levels similar to the fall and there has been a reduction in the number of patients hospitalized with the virus.
The Prime Minister said: “We remain cautiously confident that the public health situation is heading in the right direction and next week we will be able to complete the move to the zero alert level unless the situation improves. ‘worsen.
“We are in this position thanks to the efforts of everyone in Wales and our fantastic vaccination program.
“It’s important that everyone continues to follow the rules and advice to keep themselves and their loved ones safe, including accepting the offer of a booster shot if they haven’t already.”
What’s in store for the COVID restrictions in Wales?
From today, Wales is moving to alert level zero for all outdoor activities.
This means there will be no limit to the number of people who can take part in outdoor activities, while crowds will once again be allowed at outdoor sporting events.
Outdoor hospitality will also be able to operate without additional reasonable measures, such as the six and two meter social distancing rule.
COVID passes will still be required for access to larger outdoor events of over 4,000 people if not seated and over 10,000 people if seated.
From January 28, Wales is expected to complete the move to the zero alert level.
This will mean working from home will no longer be a legal requirement, while the rule of six will be scrapped in hospitality, cinemas and theatres.
Social distancing requirements in workplaces and places open to the public will be removed.
Licensed establishments will no longer be limited to table service only and nightclubs will be able to reopen.
However, COVID passes will be required for entry, while the measure will remain in place for large indoor events, cinemas, theaters and concert halls.
The rules around isolation and wearing face masks will remain in effect beyond January 28.
The next tri-weekly review of the COVID rules will take place by February 10, when all measures at the zero alert level will be reviewed.
What is the situation elsewhere in the UK?
Northern Ireland has announced that it relax restrictions on nightclubs and hospitality as part of measures that will take effect from today.
Plan B measurements must be scrapped in Englandwith work-from-home advice, COVID passports and the mandatory wearing of face masks to go.
In Scotland, all Omicron restrictions will be up next monday.