Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland bring in new COVID rules
Christian Fernsby | ▼ December 26, 2021
England has become the only part of the UK to not introduce further Covid restrictions from Boxing Day.
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The rule of six will return to the hospitality industry in Wales, affecting pubs, cinemas and restaurants.
Nightclubs will close, two metre social distancing will be required in public premises and offices and indoor events will be restricted to 30 people while 50 people will be allowed at outdoor events.
The new rules, in force from 6am, are a revised version of alert level two.
Nicola Sturgeon is also reintroducing measures in Scotland to combat the spread of the Omicron variant, which is thought to be more transmissible than Delta.
Large events will have one metre physical distancing and will be limited to 100 people standing indoors, 200 people sitting indoors and 500 people outdoors.
A day later, up to three households can meet with a one metre distancing between groups at indoor and outdoor venues like bars, restaurants, theatres, cinemas and gyms.
Table service is also needed at places where alcohol is served.
Northern Ireland is also bringing in restrictions on Boxing Day and December 27, with indoor standing events no longer permitted and nightclubs closing.
Socialising will be reduced to three households while up to six people can meet in pubs, bars and restaurants. Ten people will be allowed if they are from the same household. Only table service will be available.
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