People in Wales will be ordered to limit Christmas gatherings to two households ahead of a new lockdown starting on 28 December.
The country is tightening coronavirus rules and will move to its highest tier of restrictions – level 4 – equivalent to a lockdown.
And the Welsh government will also put new guidance for only two households to mix as part of a “Christmas bubble” during a five-day period into law.
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‘Only two households should come together at Xmas’
This is despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson using a Downing Street news conference to state there had been “collective” agreement among the UK’s nations to keep Christmas COVID rules – which had allowed bubbles of three households – the same in law.
Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford announced on Wednesday that all non-essential retail, leisure and fitness centres in Wales will shut at close of trading on Christmas Eve.
Hospitality premises will shut from 6pm on Christmas Day as Wales tries to tackle a “sustained rise in coronavirus”, Mr Drakeford said.
The level 4 rules will begin on 28 December for an initial three-week pe