Last week, The First Minister described how the public health situation had deteriorated rapidly over the Christmas and New Year period, as the omicron wave arrived.
Over the course of this week, we have seen some early, positive signs of improvement, which suggest the measures we have taken are working and give us hope we may be turning a corner.
Today, the Welsh Government have set out their plan to return to alert level zero, provided this week’s positive trend continues.
They will review the data regularly and carefully because this remains a very fast-moving situation and – as we have seen over the last six weeks – things can change very quickly.
There will be one immediate change. From tomorrow, the number of people who can be present at outdoor events will rise from 50 to 500.
If the public health situation continues to improve, further changes will be made.
- From Friday 21 January, all outdoor activities will move to alert level zero.
- This means there will be no limits on the number of people who can take part in outdoor activities.
- Crowds will return to outdoor sporting events.
- Outdoor hospitality will be able to operate without additional reasonable measures.
- The Covid Pass will be required for entry to larger outdoor events.
- From Friday 28 January, we will move to alert level zero for all indoor activities and premises.
- Nightclubs will be able to re-open
- Working from home will remain important but it will no longer be a legal requirement
- The Covid Pass will continue to be required to enter large events, nightclubs, cinemas, theatres and concert halls.
- On 10 February Wales will return to the three-week review cycle of the coronavirus regulations and Welsh Government will review all the protections in place.