Mark Drakeford, first minister of Wales, has announced new measures for businesses to come into effect after Christmas to help curb the spread of infections, APA .
From 27 December, nightclubs will have to close and a 2m rule on social distancing in offices will be introduced, alongside extra measures to protect customers and staff, such as one-way systems and physical barriers.
Drakeford made the announcement late on Thursday evening ahead of the formal lockdown review on Friday.
While no restrictions limiting gatherings over Christmas or travel were announced and Drakeford said the country would remain at Covid alert level zero, he stressed that the spread of Omicron was “a serious concern”.
In a series of tweets, Drakeford urged people in Wales to get their booster jabs, to reduce socialising and to take “extra precautions”. such as taking a lateral flow test before meeting people, and meeting outdoors and working from home where possible.
"Delta will continue to be the main cause of coronavirus infections in Wales up to Christmas. But we are seeing cases of omicron increasing rapidly every day in Wales – and across the UK.
We need a plan to keep us safe this Christmas and we need stronger measures to protect us afterwards, as we prepare for a large wave of Omicron infections.
Omicron poses a new threat to our health and safety. It is the most serious development in the pandemic to date.
It is one we must take seriously. We will continue to put in place proportionate measures to protect people’s lives and livelihoods."