Drakeford will lift Wales' COVID restrictions from weekend

January 13, 2022 - 155 views

Covid restrictions introduced in Wales on Boxing Day are likely to be lifted from as early as this weekend according to reports tonight.

On Friday, Mark Drakeford is expected to announce that the 'storm of Omicron' which was expected to increase further in January has reached its peak and cases are reducing to such an extent that rules can now be scrapped.

This means that restrictions on large events and the operation of businesses particularly in the hospitality sector could entirely lift within a fortnight with some rules being dropped from as early as this weekend.

The Welsh Government is able to start removing the protections put in place in response to the omicron wave, thanks to the support of people across Wales and the successful booster campaign – more than 1.75m people have had the extra booster dose.

The move to alert level zero will be phased over an expected four week period, with restrictions on outdoor activities being removed first.

Much of North Wales' sport continues to be played behind closed doors and away from fans. It is hoped that future games could soon be played in full stadiums and grounds if Welsh Government give the go-ahead on Friday. 

Colwyn Bay's RGC is expected to make an announcement on Friday whether rules will be changed in enough time to allow their Eirias Park game against Cardiff to be played in front of fans at Eirias Park. 

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