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Some details about the new restrictions in Wales, via PA Media. Groups of up to six people will be allowed to meet in pubs, cinemas and restaurants across Wales from Boxing Day as new restrictions come into force.

As part of a series of new measures announced by Prime Minister Mark Drakeford last week, the two-meter social distancing rules are back in public places and workplaces.

Approved premises must offer table service only, face masks must be worn and contact tracing details collected.

Outdoor events will be limited to 50 people, with 30 indoors – but the number of people who can attend events such as weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and vigils will be determined by the size of the venue.

The rules, which come into effect from 6 a.m., are a revised version of alert level two. The regulations restore protections in hotel businesses, including licensed premises, as well as cinemas and theaters. Nightclubs will also close.

The Night Time Industries Association called the measures a “devastating blow” to the industry and urged the UK government to reintroduce the leave scheme.

Drakeford said £ 120million would be available for nightclubs, retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism affected by the measures.

“We are facing a very serious situation in Wales. A wave of infections caused by the new, rapid and highly infectious Omicron variant is heading our way, ”he said.

“We will do all we can to protect the health and livelihoods of the people of Wales – this means taking early action to try to control its spread.”

There will be no restriction on the mixing of households, but guidelines will be issued on limiting the number of visitors, performing a lateral flow test before the visit and meeting outside, if possible.

There will be a separate offense for large gatherings – more than 30 people indoors or 50 people outdoors – in homes and private gardens.

Drakeford did not rule out introducing new restrictions in the New Year, but said he hoped the measures would smooth out the infection rate.



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