Sites operating during normal hours on Monday public holidays were practically empty
It’s the deserted scenes of Cardiff city center on Monday, December 27, as the capital was forced to bid an untimely farewell to Christmas festivities following the introduction of stricter coronavirus restrictions.
The measures, announced by the Welsh government, were introduced at 6 a.m. on Boxing Day as part of efforts to tackle the new Omicron variant.
They are described as “a revised version” of the alert level two restrictions. The hospitality industry has been hit hardest by the new measures and has seen a return to table service and the “rule of six”. Nightclubs also closed on Boxing Day. You can read the full list of Covid rules that have come into effect here.
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Following the announcement of the restrictions, Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland, which included entertainment and ice rinks as well as the Ice Bar, closed early at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The popular ‘Christmas at Bute Park’ light trail was also closed early. It was scheduled to run until January 3 but closed on Boxing Day.
The cancellation of the festive events comes as Omicron appears to be more entrenched in the Welsh capital than any other part of Wales, with 18 areas reporting rates of over 1,000 cases per 100,000 people. You can read a breakdown of the coronavirus situation in Cardiff here.
The photos below show the dismantling of the Winter Wonderland closed Monday afternoon. The streets of the city center are also teeming with bars, restaurants and pubs, always open on public holidays but practically empty, between 5.30 p.m. and 6.45 p.m.