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The Welsh government will lift Covid restrictions on large events and businesses as the country has “passed the peak” of the omicron wave.
Mark Drakeford, the Welsh First Minister, defended the decision to ease the alert level 2 measures implemented on Boxing Day as the “opposite” of a U-turn, adding that the Welsh government has “prepared to do the difficult things when they are necessary to protect public health”.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The data and the science is saying to us…that we appear to have passed the peak of omicron and are coming down very rapidly on the other side.”
He denied the measures had come at a huge cost to Welsh commerce and hospitality, blaming the impact of the omicron wave instead.
The move to alert level 0 is expected to be phased, with restrictions on outdoor activities being removed first.
Alert level 2 measures included a limit of 50 people at outdoor events and a maximum of 30 indoors, the closure of all nightclubs and the rule of six in place for pubs and restaurants.
Mr Drakeford said that “it’s because of those protections that we’re in the more benign position we’re in today”.
The details of the plan, following the latest review of Covid rules, will be announced at a press conference at Friday lunchtime.
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