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Welsh Government Statement:
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. There have also been reductions in the number of Covid-19 patients in hospital.
From Friday 21 January, Wales will move to alert level 0 for all outdoor activities.
First Minister Mark Drakeford said:
The latest figures show we have passed the omicron peak and we can continue to lift the alert level two protections as part of our careful and phased plan.
We will lift the limits on the number of people who can gather for outdoor events. 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.
We are in this position thanks to the efforts of everyone in Wales and our fantastic vaccination programme. It is important that everyone continues to follow the rules and the guidance to help keep themselves and their loved ones safe, including taking up the offer of a booster vaccine if they haven’t already done so.
On Friday 28 January, Wales will complete the move to alert level 0.
The Covid Pass will continue to be required to enter larger indoor events, nightclubs, cinemas, theatres and concert halls.
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 3-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.
Read the written statement on the review of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restriction) (No. 5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 (published 21 January 2022)