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New coronavirus rules are being implemented almost every couple of days in the UK, as Omicron spreads rapidly throughout the four nations. Each country is taking slightly different approaches, with Wales introducing a fine for workers and companies who choose not to follow work from home restrictions.

Workers in Wales could now face a fine of £60 if they don’t work from home “without good reason”, and employers could be fined up to £10,000 if they repeatedly fail to allow workers to work from home.

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “Additional measures have been introduced to limit the spread of the virus and protect public health.

“Further to our long-standing advice for people to work from home wherever possible, from Monday this will now be a legal requirement to work from home unless there is a reasonable excuse not to.

“We expect employers to take all reasonable steps to facilitate home working and provide employees with the support they need.”

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Wales and Northern Ireland are the only nations to have closed certain venues in light of Omicron, with all nightclubs forced to close doors from Boxing Day onwards.

Dr David Bailey, chairman of the BMA’s Welsh Council, said: “We recognise the need to combat the rapid spread of Omicron and we fully support the Welsh First Minister’s actions to bring in more restrictions at this time.

“No one wants to introduce further measures limiting what people are able to do – particularly at this time of year – however we feel this is the best course of action to protect the public and prevent the NHS from becoming overwhelmed.

“The pressure on staff over the next few weeks will be immense.

“They are already exhausted – bearing the brunt of almost two years of unprecedented, unrelenting pressures.”

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