FIRST Minister Mark Drakeford has hinted at the prospect of further restrictions in hospitality settings after Christmas, such as the return of the “rule of six”.

Today, he told BBC Breakfast: “We’re seeing this week across the United Kingdom, people are voting with their feet because of anxiety about Omicron.

“We’ll be talking with the sector about whether we need to reopen with additional protections so that people feel confident that, if they do go out to a pub or restaurant, everything is being done to keep them safe.

“We would go back to the repertoire of things we needed to use earlier in the pandemic – some restrictions on the number of people who can meet wearing masks when you’re moving around inside pubs and restaurants, those sort of things that people are used to and have successfully used in the past.”

He said he will make an announcement on Monday about whether changes will be needed to allow large sporting events to go ahead.