UP to 500 people will be able to attend outdoor events in Wales from tomorrow, first minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed. 

The Welsh Government has said it will outline the easing of the current Covid restrictions at its press conference shortly after midday.  

It said last night it would announce a phased return to its ‘level zero’ protections that it been in place before rules were tightened just ahead of Christmas. 

Mr Drakeford this morning confirmed that the limit on no more than 50 people attending outdoor events will be lifted from Saturday, January 15. 

That limit has prevented some events, such as Park Run fun runs, from being held and community sports were also limited to no more than 50 people, in addition to players, attending games. 

The rules have also meant professional and semi-professional sport in Wales has had to be played behind closed doors. 

The first minister told BBC Radio Wales: “From tomorrow the number of people that can take part in events outdoors will rise from 50 to 500 and from Friday, January 21 all outdoor events will move to alert level zero with no limits and crowds able to return to sporting events.” 

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The decision, which Mr Drakeford said is subject to cases remaining low, means Wales’ first home Six Nations rugby fixture, against Scotland, on February 12 can go ahead with fans in attendance. 

Mr Drakeford said the Welsh Government is taking a four stage approach to lifting the restrictions and from Friday, January 28 nightclubs will be able to reopen and hospitality can operate without limiting parties to no more than groups of six. 

Covid passes will still be required for large events, nightclubs, theaters and cinemas. 

From Thursday, February 10 the government will also revert to reviewing regulations every three weeks rather than every week as at present. 

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