Wales will close nightclubs and enforce social distancing in offices after Christmas in a bid to tackle Omicron.
The new restrictions, part of a ‘two-phase plan’, will see two-metre social distancing become mandatory in shops and business from December 27, alongside measures including one-way systems and physical barriers to protect customers and staff.
First Minister Mark Drakeford said regulations will also be changed to include a requirement to work from home wherever possible.
It comes after the UK recorded its highest daily case tally since the pandemic began today with 88,376 new infections.
Until December 27, the Welsh Government is encouraging people to follow five steps, including getting vaccinated, making sure to have a negative lateral flow test result before going shopping or meeting people, meeting in well-ventilated areas – preferably outdoors, spacing out socialising to allow test days in between, and adhering to social distancing, wearing a face covering and washing hands.
It is also urging people to reduce contact with others over the coming days, especially if Christmas plans include seeing older or more vulnerable people.