Welsh Government confirms almost all Level 2 Covid restrictions will be lifted in next eight days

Almost all Wales’ Alert Level 2 Covid restrictions will be lifted in the next eight days. First Minister Mark Drakeford said last week the plan was to lift restrictions by January 28. He has now confirmed cases have dropped enough for some restrictions to be lifted from tomorrow, January 21, and almost all from the… Continue reading Welsh Government confirms almost all Level 2 Covid restrictions will be lifted in next eight days

Mark Drakeford’s answers in full as he faced questions about his major Covid restrictions announcement in Wales

First Minister Mark Drakeford faced difficult questions this morning about his sudden decision to ease Covid restrictions by the end of January in Wales. Speaking to the media on Friday morning, he set out a timetable for what will happen between now and January 28, confirmed that Covid passes will still be needed and discussed… Continue reading Mark Drakeford’s answers in full as he faced questions about his major Covid restrictions announcement in Wales

All the answers Mark Drakeford gave about why restrictions are staying in Wales

First Minister Mark Drakeford has been defending the decision to keep alert level two measures in Wales and warned the country is heading into the “eye of the storm” of the Omicron wave. Welsh Government has confirmed the current restrictions will stay in place in Wales following the outcome of the latest weekly regulations review.… Continue reading All the answers Mark Drakeford gave about why restrictions are staying in Wales

Latest Welsh Government Covid review extends ban on sports fans at events in Wales

Sports fans will remain shut out from professional matches and events in Wales for at least another week as part of the Welsh Government’s Covid regulations, it has been announced. First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed on Thursday night that alert level two measures are to remain in place following the outcome of the latest Welsh… Continue reading Latest Welsh Government Covid review extends ban on sports fans at events in Wales

The Mark Drakeford interview: Why outdoor sport has been capped, pupils returning to schools, and how January will look

Wales’ First Minister has defended Covid rules which have massively affected sporting events and hospitality venues in Wales. Since new rules were brought in the number of people attending sporting events, even community games, has been limited to 50 but hospitality venues can open so long as no groups bigger than six sit at each… Continue reading The Mark Drakeford interview: Why outdoor sport has been capped, pupils returning to schools, and how January will look

‘We demand answers’ – pubs and restaurants react to news rule of six is returning in Wales

Hospitality bosses in Wales have met First Minister Mark Drakeford’s latest Covid announcement with frustration as they call for more financial security for their staff. Mr Drakeford announced “strengthened measures” aimed at keeping Wales safe on December, Wednesday 22 as the Omicron variant cases continue to rise. They will be introduced from 6am on Boxing… Continue reading ‘We demand answers’ – pubs and restaurants react to news rule of six is returning in Wales

The most important points from the Welsh Government’s draft budget spending plans for Wales

Wales’ health services are getting a major funding boost in the Welsh Government’s draft budget spending plans for 2022/23 – but it appears to be a smaller rise than in England. Total health spending in Wales is to rise by £893m to £10.3bn next year, a rise of 7.8% in real terms when adjusted for… Continue reading The most important points from the Welsh Government’s draft budget spending plans for Wales

Every adult in Wales to be offered Covid booster jab by end of the year

All eligible adults in Wales will be offered an appointment for a Covid booster jab by the end of December, the First Minister has confirmed. Mark Drakeford said the rollout is being accelerated after new evidence showed that two doses of the vaccine are not enough to offer protection against the new Omicron variant. He… Continue reading Every adult in Wales to be offered Covid booster jab by end of the year

What time is Mark Drakeford making an announcement today?

Mark Drakeford will be making an announcement tonight as concerns grow over the highly transmissible Omicron variant. The First Minister has confirmed he will give a televised address to the nation about the accelerated booster programme later today. The current target is for all eligible adults to be offered the booster by the end of… Continue reading What time is Mark Drakeford making an announcement today?

Cinema & Co advertise Muppet Christmas Carol screening ‘starring Drakeford as Scrooge’

An independent cinema that defied a court order to close after refusing to check Covid passes has mocked Welsh Government in a promotion for a screening scheduled on Sunday. Cinema & Co, on Castle Street, Swansea, was ordered to temporarily close last week by Swansea council after owner Anna Redfern said the venue would not… Continue reading Cinema & Co advertise Muppet Christmas Carol screening ‘starring Drakeford as Scrooge’