Last reviewed 21 January 2022

Wales will complete the move to alert level 0 on 28 January, First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed, unless the public health situation changes for the worse.

As the latest public health data suggests Wales has passed the peak of the Omicron wave and coronavirus cases are falling back to levels similar to those seen earlier in the autumn, the country moved to alert level 0 for all outdoor activities on 21 January.

Level 0

This means:

  • crowds will be able to return to outdoor sporting events

  • there will be no limits on the number of people who can take part in outdoor activities and events

  • outdoor hospitality will be able to operate without the additional measures required introduced in December, such as the rule of six and two metre social distancing

  • the Covid Pass will continue to be required for entry to larger outdoor events attended by more than 4000 people, if unseated, or 10,000 people when seated

  • the Pass will be required in all cinemas, theatres and concert halls which are currently open.

Mr Drakeford said: “We remain cautiously confident the public health situation is heading in the right direction and next week we will be able to complete the move to alert level 0, unless the situation changes for the worse.”

On Friday 28 January, Wales will complete the move to alert level 0 which means that:

  • nightclubs will re-open

  • businesses, employers and other organisations must continue to undertake a specific coronavirus risk assessment and take reasonable measures to minimise the spread of coronavirus

  • the general requirement of two metre social distancing in all premises open to the public and workplaces will be removed

  • the rule of six will no longer apply to gatherings in regulated premises, such as hospitality, cinemas and theatres

  • licensed premises will no longer need to only provide table service and collect contact details

  • working from home will remain part of advice from the Welsh Government but it will no longer be a legal requirement.

The self-isolation rules for everyone who tests positive for Covid, and the face-covering rules, which apply in most public indoor places, will remain in force after 28 January.

The next three-weekly review of the coronavirus regulations will be carried out by 10 February, when the Welsh Government will review all the measures at alert level 0.