The rules for holding New Year’s Eve in Wales

It’s almost time for what would normally be the busiest night of the year – New Year’s Eve.

But with Covid infection rates soaring and new restrictions in place since Christmas Day, things will not exactly be normal at this time of year in Wales.

Nightclubs have been asked to close, while other hospitality environments such as pubs and restaurants must adhere to strict guidelines. That comes when Mark Drakeford announced new rules for self-insulation, which you can read more about here .

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There is also a limit to socializing indoors and outdoors.

So what kind of party can you hold on New Year’s Eve? We’ve taken a look at the various rules and guidelines that currently apply and how they may affect your plans to welcome in 2022.

May I go to the pub to celebrate the new year?

Yes, pubs are allowed to remain open throughout the country and there is no ban on the sale of alcohol or set closing times as previously seen during the pandemic.

However, face masks must be worn when not sitting inside a pub and it is forbidden to stand or order food or drinks at the bar. Landlords and staff are only allowed to provide table service, and the number of people who can meet or sit together is set at a maximum of six.

Customers’ contact information must also be taken by pub and restaurant staff to comply with track and trace requirements.

Can I host or go to a home party?

There is nothing in the current rules that says people can not host or attend house parties as there are no restrictions on the number of different households that can meet.

However, the maximum number of people who can attend an event indoors is 30, including in the homes.

This is extended to a maximum of 50 if the event is held outdoors.

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Will I be safe if I go to a home party?

The Welsh Government has said: “We advise you to think carefully about the number of people you meet. If you meet with different groups of people at different times, you should leave at least one day between these gatherings.”

The government also advises people to take regular lateral flow tests, especially before meeting others, indoors or outdoors.

Public Health Wales has maintained that the best way to protect yourself from Covid-19 and serious illness is by being fully vaccinated, which includes receiving a booster jab.

Can I get a fine if I break the rules?

The Welsh government has said people could be “subjected to a fixed sentence” if they are found to be in breach of the rules, including the limit of 30 people gathered indoors and 50 people gathered outdoors.

Individuals can be fined £ 60, while event organizers can be fined up to £ 4,000, or even as much as £ 10,000 for unlicensed music event organizers.

Can I travel to a party?

There are no restrictions on travel in force anywhere in Wales and this includes travel across the border to England or other parts of the UK.

In fact, some Welsh pub bosses fear that many people living in Wales will simply travel to England on New Year’s Eve so they can bring the New Year into a nightclub – something that is perfectly legal to do.

What are the rules in England?

While Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland all have restrictions in place regarding social gatherings and major events, there are no new restrictions in force in the UK, with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirming this week that England will not see any new Covid rules enforced before at least January.

Therefore, there are no restrictions in hospitality environments in the UK, precluding the need to show a Covid passport to attend certain events and venues.

There are no requirements to wear masks in pubs and restaurants, no guidelines for social distancing and no limits on how many people can gather in a group. Nightclubs are still open and anyone over the age of 18 can attend as long as they have a Covid passport or proof of a negative PCR or LFT test within the previous 48 hours.

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