Wales breaking news plus traffic, weather and travel updates (Tuesday, December 20)

Crowds banned from sports fixtures at all levels

New Covid restrictions have been announced for Wales.

Sporting events will be played behind closed doors from Boxing Day in Wales to help control the spread of the new omicron variant.

Economy minister Vaughan Gething announced the new measures for indoor and outdoor sporting events as the latest figures showed a further steep rise in the number of confirmed cases of the fast-moving variant.

He also confirmed a £3m Spectator Sports Fund will be available to support clubs and sporting venues affected by the new measures to protect public health. According to the Welsh Government further details about the fund will be available following discussions with the sector.

This news comes after Omicron cases in Wales rose significantly over the weekend after several weeks of stability. Wales has not seen the sustained rises in cases that have hit Scotland or London but experts believe that it only a matter of weeks behind the areas that have seen dramatically rising case rates.

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