Wales Covid: Nightclub ban protected – Will UK follow?

Welsh clubs will have to close at the end of this month – will the rest of the UK follow suit? (Image: Getty)

The Welsh government has defended its plan to close nightclubs and has not ruled out further restrictive measures after Christmas.

The new nightlife regulations go into effect on December 27, and people are being advised to scale back their festival plans.

Social distancing requirements and a one-way system in businesses are among the other measures that will come into effect in a little over a week.

The UK’s minded authorities are pushing for the rule changes although there is clearly a reluctance in Westminster to go beyond what has been laid out in Plan B.

Sky News reports that cabinet ministers will meet today to be presented with the latest Omicron data, a key move that could suggest further measures are at least under consideration.

The report appeared today the government may be considering locking the mower for two weeks after Christmas.

Professor Stephen Reicher, who is on the Sage expert advisory committee, has warned ‘all the science shows that (Plan B) is not enough’.

Wales’ First Minister, Mark Drakeford, hinted at the prospect of a return of restrictions like the ‘rule of six’ in the coming weeks.

The Welsh government is going further with restrictions than the British government but it may not be long until the measures are more widespread (Image: Getty)

He said: ‘I hope that the reception will reopen after Christmas and we will work with the sector to think about the terms under which it will reopen.

‘People voted with their feet and canceled deals because they were worried about Omicron.

‘It’s possible that when customer service reopens we may need to put some extra safeguards in place so that people feel confident when they go out to a pub or restaurant, then everyone Things are being done to make sure they’re safe.’

He dismissed any relaxation of the rules for December 31, saying ‘there won’t be any parties at the nightclub on New Year’s Eve’.

Mr Drakeford is expected to make an announcement on Monday as to whether major sporting events coming up on Gifting Day will be allowed to proceed.

A £60m package of support for businesses affected by the new restrictions has also been announced, with more details still remaining on how compensation can be claimed.

Scotland passed a Covid-19 passport ahead of Britain and announced the return of social distancing this week (Image: Getty)

He warned Wales was in ‘the calm before the storm’ and, despite currently having the lowest number of Omicron cases, ‘that number will only go in one direction in the coming weeks’.

Scotland’s devoted government joined Welsh leaders Going further with construction restrictions until Christmas than the Westminster government.

As of this week, employers are legally required to facilitate working from home where possible, and social distancing measures in businesses are once again in place.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday called on the Treasury Department to provide more money to other national governments so they can consider further measures.

Refer Rishi Sunak’s heavily criticized trip to California, she said: ‘I don’t know when the prime minister will return to the country, if he will return to the country, but he should have no other job today than to put in place the financial support mechanisms that help hospitality, culture and the broader economy. ‘

The Cabinet is being assembled today to be shown new data on the spread of Omicron (Image: PA)

In Northern Ireland, Stormont ministers will meet on Wednesday to review the potential restrictions of the novel coronavirus.

Current advice is that indoor gatherings should involve no more than 30 people, while encouraging working from home where possible.

A plan to require people to demonstrate Covid status to gain entry to a range of venues for hotels and large-scale events will be made mandatory.

Those wishing to enter nightclubs, pubs, restaurants and other licensed establishments will need to provide proof of vaccination, negative side flow test results, or proof of Covid-19 infection. before.

The same rules will apply to large indoor and outdoor events, such as concerts and sporting events.

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