Covid rules in Wales remain unchanged as case rates continue to fall

First Minister confirms there will be no changes to coronavirus rules following the latest 21-day review. Credit: Ben Birchall/ PA

No changes will be applied to Covid rules in Wales as record-high coronavirus case rates decrease. 

First Minister Mark Drakeford has thanked people in Wales for their help to bring case rates down over the last three weeks. 

In the latest 21-day review, he confirmed that no additional coronavirus rules would be applied in Wales. 

First Minister Mark Drakeford said no changes will be applied to Covid rules in Wales. Credit: Welsh Government

First Minister Mark Drakeford said: "Three weeks ago we were facing a very serious situation in Wales, but everyone has pulled together and cases have fallen back from those record high levels."

"I want to thank everyone for their hard work and the steps they have taken to protect themselves and their loved ones."

Getting the vaccine and booster remain "essential" says First Minister Mark Drakeford. Credit: PA

Encouraging the people of Wales to continue with their hard work, First Minister Mark Drakeford added:

"Saying yes to the vaccine and crucially to the booster remains an essential step to help keep Wales safe."

"As we start to plan for Christmas we need to keep on working together to bring coronavirus under control. The pandemic hasn’t gone away – a fourth wave is sweeping across Europe, with many countries introducing stricter restrictions once again."

Wales will remain at alert level zero, meaning that all businesses will remain open for trade. 

On November 15, covid passes were extended to include theatres, cinemas and concert halls in Wales. Although the First Minister has not ruled out extending the passes to other businesses in future, the Covid Pass will not be extended to hospitality settings in this three-week cycle. 

First Minister Mark Drakeford said: "We will do everything we can to keep Wales open and to keep Wales safe. This means keeping the option of extending the use of the Covid Pass if cases rise again and pandemic pressures on the NHS increase, to help keep the hospitality sector open and trading through the busy festive period."

"We will continue to monitor the public health situation and we will work with the hospitality sector as we prepare for Christmas. Let’s keep working together to keep each other safe – so we can all enjoy Christmas together."

The next review of regulations will be announced on Friday 10 December.